886 S Pine St, PO Box 277

Grantsburg, WI 54840

Phone: (715) 463-2536

1(800) 924-0588

140 Evergreen Square SW

Pine City, MN 55063

Phone: (320) 629-7474

Safety Notice: Why It's Important to Get Your Pet's Medications Through a Licensed Veterinarian

7/14/2018

Safety Notice

Back in 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an official warning for pet owners to exercise caution when ordering veterinary medication from an online pharmacy. That is because it had received multiple complaints about some online businesses dispensing medication for animals without the necessary qualifications to do so. This resulted in pet owners receiving expired drugs, counterfeit drugs, the wrong dose, medication for the wrong species of pet, and several other complaints. One way that online veterinary companies attracted customers was by claiming they could receive medication for their pet without a prescription.

Federal Law Requires Veterinarians to Examine a Pet Personally Before Writing a Prescription

Although the FDA requires all veterinarians to personally examine an animal before writing a prescription and dispensing medication, some online pharmacies have found a way around this requirement. The people who own these websites often have no training in veterinary medicine at all. Because of this, they ask the pet owner to complete a health history form and claim they will evaluate the animal that way. This might offer a false sense of security for pet owners, but the illegal online pharmacy owners usually don’t even read these forms. That is what causes so many dispensing errors in the first place.

Another typical complaint received by the FDA is that these online pharmacies send non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or heartworm medications without the benefit of a prescription. This is crucial since animals taking an NSAID or receiving heartworm treatment require careful monitoring from an actual veterinarian. Additionally, a veterinarian needs to obtain a blood sample from an animal before starting him on either of these medications.

Keep Your Pet Safe and Get Your Prescriptions from Us

When you bring your sick or injured pet to Grantsburg Animal Hospital or Wild River Veterinary Clinic, a veterinarian will personally examine her and hand you a prescription for medication if she needs it. You can then get the prescription filled by us. Should you need refills or maintenance medication, you can obtain them from our licensed online store MyVetStoreOnline. We offer manufacturer-guaranteed products for pain management, preventive care and several other categories.

In addition to FDA approval, all medications we offer in our online store come with a quality guarantee from the manufacturer. Ordering from an unlicensed online veterinary pharmacy may save money upfront, but the risk to your pet’s health is too great a cost to pay. Feel free to contact us if you have additional questions about how we write prescriptions or dispense medication at either of our hospitals.

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Preparing Your Pets for the 4th of July

6/21/2018

Preparing Your Pets for the 4th of July

Most people look forward to the 4th of July holiday. There’s parades to see, carnivals to attend, time off work, and frequent displays of colorful fireworks. However, dogs and cats don’t understand the reason for the disruption in their regular schedule or why they’re hearing loud noises from fireworks so often. Some pets develop severe anxiety because of it. Dealing with the anxiety caused by fireworks can be especially challenging because you can’t control whether other people or groups choose to light them off. You can only try to make fireworks season more comfortable for your pet.

Independence Day Safety and Comfort Tips for Pet Owners

The loud noise caused by fireworks doesn’t seem to bother some pets. It might startle them for a second, but then they return to what they were doing before the loud boom. Other dogs and cats, especially those already prone to anxiety, will run away from the sound to find a place to hide. If your pet is like this, you might not see her until after the fireworks are over. Some other behaviors your pet might display that indicate anxiety include whimpering, trembling, growling from dogs, or hissing from cats. If your pet responds in this manner, try these tips:

  • Play soothing music as loud as you can to drown out the sound of fireworks
  • Plug in a Feliway or Adaptil diffuser for cats or place a thundershirt on a dog
  • Make sure that your pet has plenty of accessible places to hide if desired
  • Consider placing your pet in a separate room with food and comfort items until the fireworks end
  • Do your best to distract your pet by talking to him or playing a game

For fireworks events in the community, plan to leave your dog at home if you attend. The noises will startle her and cause her to act in unpredictable ways, including possibly running away. Her barking and whining could also be an annoyance for other people trying to watch the fireworks display.

If you’re traveling or hosting people for the Independence Day holiday, try to keep your pet’s schedule as normal as possible. Continue feeding him the same food and ask that others don’t feed your pet anything. Although they may mean well with sharing a treat, the major shift in diet could cause stomach upset and other health issues for your pet.

Let Us Know if You Need More Help with Your Pet’s Anxiety

Some pets are so prone to anxiety due to fireworks that none of these tips will help them for long. They will also react poorly to thunder and other loud and unexpected noises. Please don’t hesitate to contact Grantsburg Animal Hospital or Wild River Veterinary Clinic if you need additional help managing your pet’s anxiety this summer.

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