FDA Warns Pet Owners About the Dangers of Unregulated Online Pharmacies

In January 2015, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a buyer beware warning to pet owners who order medications from an online pharmacy. Although many legitimate online veterinary pharmacies exist, others operate without FDA regulation. These pharmacies promise customers they can buy medications cheaply without a prescription. Such a practice is both dangerous and illegal. Selling expired and counterfeit drugs are also common practices of disreputable online pharmacies.

Beware of the Online Pharmacy That Offers a Long-Distance Evaluation
It's a common practice among unregulated online pharmacies to offer to evaluate a pet by reading a health form the owner provided and then selling him or her a medication that normally requires a prescription. This is obviously a dangerous practice. Besides not knowing the quality of the medication, a pet should receive a personal evaluation by a veterinarian prior to starting any new drug. This is the only way to know if the medication is appropriate for the pet's current health condition.

The FDA is especially concerned about unregulated pharmacies dispensing non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) and heartworm medications. These drugs can be dangerous when not dispensed and actively monitored by a veterinarian. He or she needs to take a blood test and analyze the results before recommending either of these medications, which is it's risky to order them from an online pharmacy that doesn't require this.

Order Your Pet's Medications Safely from Our Online Store
If you like the convenience of ordering your pet's medications online, just place an order from our online store. We offer medications in 22 categories, including pain management and parasite prevention. With our Easy Dose It option, you can order a single dose of your pet's medication to be sent monthly. You can also set up recurring shipments for any type of maintenance medication.

In addition to convenience, shopping at Grantsburg Animal Hospital's My Vet Store Online provides you with valuable peace of mind. All medications are FDA approved and guaranteed by the manufacturer. You can also contact us with a refill request and we will have it ready for you when you arrive at the clinic. If the prescription was originally written elsewhere, Dr. Palmquist will need to examine your pet before we can issue a refill. After that, we can refill the prescription for six months to one year before requiring another exam.

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