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Albertsons To Provide Pet Pharmacy, Health Care Services

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Boise, Idaho-based Albertsons Companies is offering money-saving solutions for pet owners. With more than 1,700 pharmacies located nationwide, shoppers can have their pet prescriptions transferred and filled at an Albertsons Cos. pharmacy and pay less than what vet offices might charge.

“Nearly 30 percent of pet owners are grappling with the rising costs of pet ownership amid inflation and most consumers don’t realize that our pharmacies offer prescriptions and over-the-counter medications for people and pets,” said Omer Gajial, chief digital officer and EVP of health.

“Whether it’s delivering medication to their home, offering additional discounts through our Pet Health Savings Card, or partnering with innovative companies to provide convenient veterinary care, our commitment to our customers’ health and well-being applies to every family member, including the four-legged kind.”

Pet pharmacy and one-stop shopping perks

Albertsons Cos. pharmacies carry a variety of affordable pet medications, including OTC tick, flea and heartworm preventatives. The Pet Health Savings Card, available at any Albertsons Cos. pharmacy or the grocery store mobile app, can save customers nearly 80 percent off the monthly cost of pet medications.

When customers transfer a pet prescription to an Albertsons Cos. pharmacy, they will receive up to $75 in grocery gift cards after filling their fifth prescription. Pet medications are available for shipping and delivery and will soon be available via mail order.

To complement its pharmacy services, nearly all Albertsons Cos. banner stores offer a pet care aisle with an array of dog and cat food from leading brands such as Purina, Iams, Fancy Feast, Cesar and Racheal Ray Nutrish, along with treats, toys, grooming products and accessories.

Pet pilot programs

The company is piloting two pet health service programs in Texas and California. Penny Paws mobile vaccine clinic visits towns throughout Texas to offer communities low-cost, basic healthcare such as vaccinations, heartworm testing, heartworm prevention and microchipping.

Currently, 15 Albertsons and Tom Thumb stores across the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex host Penny Paws to provide neighbors with low-cost exams and vaccinations for dogs and cats. The company is exploring additional sites for the Penny Paws mobile vaccine clinic to include its Randalls supermarket locations in Austin and Houston.

Fuzzy offers access to a team of veterinarians who are available via video or virtual chat 24/7 to address common pet concerns such as digestion, dental hygiene, stress management and prescription medication. Launching this month at all California Safeway, Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions stores, loyalty members can sign up for an annual Fuzzy household membership at a reduced rate of $59 for the entire pet family.

Once a Fuzzy member, pet owners can track their pets’ medical history, prescriptions and vaccination dates, receive training and wellness tips and speak to a veterinarian at any time, resulting in less trips to a vet or emergency room clinic.

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