How much does a vet prescription cost in the UK?

30 November 2023 - 2 min read
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Heading to the vet can be an anxious time, especially if you’re worried about how much it will cost to care for your pet. To help you get a better idea of what to expect at the vet, and manage any necessary medical treatments, let’s take a closer look at the cost of vet prescriptions in the UK. 

Understanding vet prescription costs

Unlike the NHS, veterinary practices in the UK do not have standardised prices for prescriptions. The price of a vet prescription typically starts at around £10, but can go much higher,  and varies by practice and the type of medication required. Recent research by ManyPets suggests that the average price of an individual prescription in the UK is £21.06.

The variability of prescription prices means that it’s essential to consult with your vet about the potential cost of your pet’s treatment.

Tips for managing prescription costs

If you’re worried about the bill you might get after a vet visit, don’t fret - there are ways to reduce the price tag of medical care for our furry friends:

  • Ask questions: Don't hesitate to discuss the cost of your pet’s medications with your vet, along with any concerns you have about price. Your vet may be able to offer more cost-effective alternatives.

  • Compare prices: Take the time to find and compare prescription prices at different vet practices in-person or online. 

  • Buy online: There are a number of online pet pharmacies in the UK that offer prescriptions for less. Buying online typically offers savings for longer term prescription needs. 

  • Consider insurance: Pet insurance, including policies offered by ManyPets, can help manage the costs associated with veterinary prescriptions and treatments.

Prescription prices: It pays to be informed

Vet prescription costs can be a surprise if you're not prepared. Don’t go in blind: it pays to be informed about what to expect when you go to the vet, and to explore options for saving money ahead of time without compromising on the care your pet receives.

Whatever your approach, don’t lose sight of the most important thing: the well-being and comfort of your pet. To reduce the cost of any treatment they might need, it’s always a good idea to consider pet insurance as a way to manage veterinary expenses. If you want to learn more, you can get a ManyPets pet insurance quote today.

Lewis Martins
Communities marketer

Lewis has worked in pet health since 2017. Before joining ManyPets in 2021, he led content production at VetForum and PetsApp. Lewis has collaborated with some of the world’s biggest vet groups and suppliers to write educational articles for vets and pet parents. His Instagram feed is 60% dogs, 40% cats.