3 Strategies for Saving Money on Parasiticides – without compromising on protection

Shelters United hosts this live conversation discussing money-saving strategies for shelters and rescue to afford parasiticide protection without compromising on quality.

Shop the active ingredient and compare savings

Buy from a distributor

Join the only group purchasing organization (GPO) for animal welfare

Watch via video or continue reading below.

 

This was part of a previously recorded webinar, Saving Money on Parasiticides: A Crash Course for Animal Nonprofits. To watch an instant replay, click here.

Previous recorded webinar - Saving Money on Parasiticides

At Shelters United, we know a thing or two about saving shelters and rescues money. We saved our members a total of $1.4 million dollars in 2020 and $250,000 of that was savings on parasiticides alone! The rest of the savings are from food and treats, pharmaceuticals, cleaning supplies, medical and surgical products, office supplies and crates, and kennels.

Now I’m going to share a few of the strategies we use to help our members save money.

Tip number one is to shop the active ingredient and compare savings

It’s very easy to get in the habit of ordering a specific product that you’ve always ordered. Instead of ordering by product names you’re familiar with, consider searching for the active ingredient. This way, you’ll find alternatives to the brand you might be familiar with and at considerable cost savings. For example, take a look at these three product comparisons. You might be buying Interceptor, but did you know that Milbehart has the same exact active ingredient, milbemycin, at a 42% savings per dose? Or maybe you buy Heartguard, which you can be buying Vetrishield Max at a 25% savings per dose. Again is the same active ingredient ivermectin. Synergy’s active ingredient is selling in the exact same as revolution, but you could save a whopping 61% per dose. These products do the exact same thing. However, by searching by the active ingredient, you’re able to save a lot of money.

Every Shelters United member has a Member Consultant they can work with to compare products and find the product that works best within their budget.

Tip number two is to buy your products from a distributor

Buying from a distributor gives you access to thousands of manufactured products, all in one online marketplace, easy online ordering with one convenient bill, next day delivery in most areas, a nationwide distribution network, and high-efficiency order fulfillment, weekly specials for extra savings and better than retail pricing. We work with MWI as our distributor partner. They are a large veterinary distributor with a catalog of fifty thousand products and same or next day shipping.

And tip number three is to join the only animal welfare group purchasing organization if you haven’t already!

Shelters United members leveled up their savings and saved an average of $1,857 in 2020. Retail pricing through online retailers gives you no discount. When you open an account with MWI you get the largest distributor network with fifty thousand products and twenty-two warehouses across the country offering same or next day shipping and tons of everyday low prices.

But now level up again and add Shelters United group discounts to save even more money! A few examples of the discounts that Shelters United members have access to are:

  • 15% off most Virbac products, including parasiticides
  • 15% off the entire blue natural veterinary diet line and a free 12 can case of blue GI wet dog food with your first purchase
  • 5% off Rescue® Disinfectants
  • 50% off association for animal welfare advancements, new membership or 25% off membership renewal

Our team is always sourcing new partnerships to increase our group’s buying power for deeper discounts and new products. These are the type of special offers you will receive as a member of our group purchasing organization. Our partners at Virbac are launching a brand new product, and you’re some of the first people to hear about it. This new product, Milbehart, as we mentioned, is an alternative to Interceptor. Again, same active ingredient at a lot less cost and on top of the everyday low price. We also have a special rebate offer coming up soon. Virbac is working quickly to get this product launch out to MWI. So stay tuned for an email from us with the offer details coming in the next couple of weeks.

Already a member? Connect with a Member Consultant to maximize savings

If you’re already a member, make sure you’ve connected with your Member Consultant who can, number 1, help you maximize your savings by comparing products and pricing, share your savings statement every six months so you can see firsthand how much you’re saving your organization and look out for a savings statement coming your way in July. We check in with you periodically to see how you’re doing and also to share promos and special offers. If you have specific questions on treatments or products, our Member Consultants can provide detailers that you can take to your veterinarian. The more members we enroll, the more negotiating power we have to bring in new products, promotions, and exclusive offers from our partners.

If you know of an organization that could benefit from extra savings, please refer them to our website or drop their name and email in the chat.

And there’s another member perk. Member Consultants are available to do a savings analysis and put these tips to work for you.

Not a member? It’s free and easy to join!

So we’ve surpassed 950 members and we are rapidly approaching 1,000! If you’re interested in joining the Shelters United family and receiving the awesome benefits we mentioned today, reach out to me, the Enrollment Specialist for Shelters United.

I will explain the program benefits and provide you a custom price and quotes, you can estimate how much we can help you save on the products you already buy and help you set up an MWI distributor account so you can buy all of your supplies in a one-stop-shop. Shelters United is free to join with no minimum purchase requirements. There are no monthly spend amounts and no contracts to commit to. And after you join, we’ll be able to provide you with a custom savings analysis.

 

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This was part of a previously recorded webinar, Saving Money on Parasiticides: A Crash Course for Animal Nonprofits. To watch an instant replay, click here.

Previous recorded webinar - Saving Money on Parasiticides

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