In these tough economic times, residents with a NassauRx drug discount card can get some medications for their pets at most local pharmacies, County Comptroller Howard Weitzman said Tuesday.

"All cardholders, whether human or animal, can save on prescription medications at more than 90 percent of Nassau pharmacies," said Weitzman, who spearheaded the discount card five years ago.

In order to qualify for the pet discount, there must be a valid prescription for the animal and the medication must be one that has a human equivalent, Weitzman said.

Some drugs that are used for dogs, for example, that are also used for humans are antibiotics, cortisone creams and pills, eye medicines, some heart disease medicines, antifungals and some vitamins and minerals.

Drugs not covered include heartworm medication and flea and tick products.

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"As the cost of living increases here on Long Island for pets and their owners, many people are looking for ways to save money on veterinary expenses without compromising the quality of care that their pets receive," said Dr. Keith Niesenbaum of Crawford Dog and Cat Hospital in Garden City Park.

He added that owners wanting medication from a pharmacy for their pet should ask their veterinarian if there is an equivalent drug they can use.

The comptroller, who is running for re-election in November against Republican George Maragos of Russell Gardens, said the card gives an average discount of about 24 percent at no cost to taxpayers and is administered by CVS Caremark.

The card can be obtained at www2.caremark.com/nassaurx or by calling 516-571-2677.