Frequently Asked Questions

What does APAW stand for and what does it do?

APAW stands for The Advocacy for Pets and Affordable Wellness.

APAW provides a unified voice of advocacy and support for individuals who are passionate about keeping their beloved, four-legged friends healthy. We strive to offer an informative forum where pet owners can voice their perspectives, thoughts and concerns, as well as obtain important information specifically about over-the-counter and prescription pet medications. Through action, empowerment and education, APAW is committed to bringing to life the financial challenges associated with pet ownership while enlightening the pet community about the significant cost savings they can realize by purchasing vet grade medications through alternative resources—including non-veterinary retailers and pharmacies.

Who are APAW’s members?

APAW is a national coalition of pet owners and advocates dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of America’s pets and empowering pet owners everywhere to demand affordable, quality healthcare and medicine for their animals.

How can an individual get involved to help spread the word?

There are a variety of ways individuals can get involved. We encourage interested parties to help spread the word about the need and availability of affordable pet mediations within their local communities. We also encourage individuals to participate by reaching out to their corresponding local legislators, which can be done easily by taking action here.  If you’d like more information on how to get involved, please feel free to contact us.

Where can pet owners find more affordable pet medications?

Affordable pet medications can be found at many of your local pharmacies such as Costco, Wal-Mart, Rite Aid, Sam’s Club and Fred Meyer, Kroger, Safeway, Wegmans and more just to name a few.  If you are curious whether or not your preferred pharmacy offers pet medications, we encourage you to reach out and ask them.  

Can I really save money by purchasing pet medications through retail pharmacies?

While it’s impossible to say exactly how much money you’ll save when buying from your local pharmacy, there’s a good changes your savings will be significant.  In some cases veterinarians have been known to mark up their medications by as much as 100 percent. While we respect and understand the importance of the relationship pet owners have with their veterinarians, we feel it is important to let pet owners know they can save money when purchasing pet medications through their local pharmacy.

Can pet owners get the same quality pet medications from these other retail outlets?

Yes, the pet medication offered through your local pharmacy is the same quality as the medications you’d purchase through your veterinarian.

Do the retail pharmacies carry all of the same kinds of pet medications as my veterinarian?

Yes, retail pharmacies offer/have access to the same pet medication offerings as veterinarians.

How much money can pet owners expect to save by getting their pet medications at retail pharmacies?

Because every pharmacy offers products at different prices, it’s impossible to say exactly how much money you’ll save when buying from your local pharmacy versus your veterinary clinic.  However, depending on which product you purchase (i.e. brand name vs. generic) pet owners should save anywhere from 20 to 80 percent on their pet medications.

What if I get my pet medication at a retail pharmacy and my pet has a reaction during the middle of the night? I can’t go to the pharmacy. What do I do?

Your veterinarian should still be available to provide assistance regardless of where you purchased your medications.  Additionally, all pet medications sold through retail pharmacies have an 800# on their packaging or label in case of an emergency so you can talk to a qualified experts regarding any medical issues your pet may be experiencing.


The fairness to pet owners act (FTPOA) is a congressional bill that will benefit pet owners by giving them access to affordable medication for their pets.  If passed, pet owners will be allowed to choose where to fill their pet’s prescription, just like humans do for their prescriptions.