Thursday, February 3, 2011

Should You Buy Your Pet's Medications Online?

Go Fetch – The serious consequences of retrieving pet meds online

In Canada, an increasing number of pet owners are using the internet to purchase their pet’s medication. While buying Fido’s heartworm medication online may save you money, Health and Safety Watch cautions that it could cost you much more in the long run.

A number of web sites advertise that they will provide owners with animal drugs – no prescription required. However, many of these sites are not approved by governing bodies and owners could end up with counterfeit or expired drugs.

Veterinary experts remind us that it is important that our pets visit the vet regularly and obtain prescriptions to ensure they are receiving the correct medication.

So throw Fido a bone and always ensure you do your research before purchasing animal drugs online.

For further information and to learn about additional ways to protect yourself as a consumer please do not hesitate to contact me. Here is a link to the HSW advisory.

Health and Safety Watch is designed to provide Canadians with up-to-date and accurate information about recalls, warnings and advisories.

1 comment:

  1. Meh - I've been buying my petmeds online for years & happily so. I purchase from a company which trades on NASDAQ & is accredited by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.

    The faster we separate dispensing from prescribing (which is how it's done in human medicine) the better for the veterinary profession and for consumers.

    It's a clear conflict of interest for veterinarians to be selling what they prescribe & in my province, you are always entitled to get a prescription and take it a pharmacy (many of which now stock or can special order vet meds) or to a reputable online pharmacy.

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