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Old 04-04-2011, 05:32 PM
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It is a typical requirement that they see your dog occasionally in order to renew prescriptions so whether their request is reasonable depends on how long it has been since they have seen her. They won't go by another vet having seen her.

NPH does not in fact require a prescription but different pharmacies handle it differently. I can buy it without a prescription at the local Walmart with no problem but Walgreens won't sell it to me - presumably a matter of company practice, not the law as far as NPH goes. Sometimes you can press the pharmacist on this question and succeed in getting them to sell you NPH.

I ordered all of my syringes through www.hocks.com and that allowed me to skip the hassle of renewing prescriptions. I generally didn't buy insulin that way because the one time I did we had a heat wave and it arrived warm to the touch with the ice pack completely exhausted - no doubt from sitting on the UPS, open-door delivery truck all day. Since I could easily buy it locally at Walmart, I didn't bother with having it shipped.

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Old 04-06-2011, 04:35 PM
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It is a typical requirement that they see your dog occasionally in order to renew prescriptions so whether their request is reasonable depends on how long it has been since they have seen her. They won't go by another vet having seen her.

NPH does not in fact require a prescription but different pharmacies handle it differently. I can buy it without a prescription at the local Walmart with no problem but Walgreens won't sell it to me - presumably a matter of company practice, not the law as far as NPH goes. Sometimes you can press the pharmacist on this question and succeed in getting them to sell you NPH.

I ordered all of my syringes through www.hocks.com and that allowed me to skip the hassle of renewing prescriptions. I generally didn't buy insulin that way because the one time I did we had a heat wave and it arrived warm to the touch with the ice pack completely exhausted - no doubt from sitting on the UPS, open-door delivery truck all day. Since I could easily buy it locally at Walmart, I didn't bother with having it shipped.

It is GREAT to see the two of you here... we miss you!

Natalie
Thank you everyone (this site really is so helpful, and I do still stop by but it's been crazy busy- but never neglecting Sable).

I may run to Wisconsin and ask but I'll take her into the vet.. just kind of a useless visit that's all. Before I left on my trip even I asked for some insulin (hoping for 2 bottles, always worried about dropping and breaking 1) and they gave me a hard time on that- almost didn't give it to me. I ALWAYS take Sable in every year, it shouldn't be an issue if I say i'm going out of town for a bit and I need insulin knowing that she will need to come in for shots when I get back.... but they still gave me issues and it just left a bad taste in my mouth (again, knowing I come in every year).
But anyway... I guess it is what it is and i'll do what I need to, she needs insulin one way or another. Thanks again.
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Old 04-06-2011, 06:17 PM
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NPH does not in fact require a prescription but different pharmacies handle it differently. I can buy it without a prescription at the local Walmart with no problem but Walgreens won't sell it to me - presumably a matter of company practice, not the law as far as NPH goes.
Interesting, Natalie, because I can buy NPH at our local Walgreen's without any prescription - we are both in California.
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Old 04-07-2011, 06:51 AM
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I, too, live in Michigan, but have a wonderful vet who wrote Madi's prescriptions for the insulin and syringes for 998 refills. (I do still take her in every two weeks just to get her blood glucose checked and cuz she loves the attention she gets there. I only pay $22 for these checks and it is well worth it to me to give up a few lunches just to have the peace of mind!)
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Wow it's been so long... I have been so busy, Sable seems to be still doing pretty well.

For those that have any questions/suggestions or otherwise always feel free to get in touch with me- I'm not the expert a lot are on here but this forum is great and I will offer my experiences at least if you need anything.
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Eric - I'm delighted Sable continues to do well. I have a few pictures of her saved on my machine. She is so delightful! Stay well yourself!

It's great to hear from you!

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Hi Eric,
So great to hear from you! Glad to hear Sable is doing well.

Have her bgs increased some with the heat? I remember she used to rise instead of dropping with hotter weather and we've had some people with that issue lately.

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I took her to Houston (I came here for work... again) and wish I didn't, she is higher, had a couple of days she actually drank a lot of water (more than normal and I knew she was higher than normal- she just doesn't want to be outside).

I leave for home on Saturday, even though I like all the things to do and work is better here etc..... for Sable, i'm so glad I'm going home. Overall though she is doing pretty well.
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Ali travels often with us and I know it's rough on her too. Houston is a lot hotter/more humid than your neck of the woods . Did you both fly, Eric?

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No I drove.... 3rd time now. She wasn't as crazy to on the ride down this time (I think she knew lol).

I am staying at a different hotel... I visited the last hotel I stayed at and she was much happier there (wish I could have stayed there again but i'm a different office that is too far away). She loves a place called the Woodlands too.... think i'm going there tomorrow night for the last hurrah... at least she will have fun and we will walk the waterway (anyone in Houston? if so let me know, i'll try to remember to check here before we go).
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