Why You Shouldn’t Use Online Pet Pharmacies

Everything is so accessible these days! It takes two clicks to purchase anything off of Amazon these days, and I don’t have to change out of my pajamas to change my entire wardrobe or buy my groceries for the week. Convenience is the best part of technology, but there are some things that should never be purchased online. Medication, in general, should never be bought on the Internet. Specifically, pet prescriptions can endanger not only your financial security, but also your pet’s health.

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What is the problem with buying prescription drugs online?

We’ve all been there. Time is of the essence, and the commercials make it seem so easy! Go to this website, buy your medication, and you are done. Right? In reality, online pet pharmaceutical companies are not even allowed to purchase from certified veterinary pharmacies. Legally, a physical examination has to be performed on the animal, in-person, before a medication can be prescribed. This applies especially to heartworm preventative medication and NSAID’s (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Giving heartworm prevention to a dog that is already infected with heartworms can result in negative reactions. The same can be said for NSAID’s, which should be used only with regular monitoring by a veterinarian.

Why would these companies counterfeit drugs?

The easiest answer is money. It is incredibly profitable, even with lowered prices, to sell counterfeit or inferior product. Medication that looks exactly like what you would find in a veterinarian’s office may be expired or improperly stored. If your pet’s drugs have been affected by water or kept at the wrong temperature (either too hot or too cold), the effectiveness of the drug is weakened. Some companies even replace the pills with capsules filled with anything available, even pest poison or drywall. Your animal’s health aside, putting your personal and financial information into their website could result in a stolen identity or credit card fraud.

I really am pressed for time. How do I know a website is reputable to buy from?

Most importantly, look for the following seals of legitimacy on the websites. If the website ends with “.pharmacy” and/or has a VIPPS (Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Site) stamp, they have gone through screening by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), which regulates pharmacist licensure. Watch out for companies that sell medication without a prescription or tout a fake claim. If the prices seem extremely low compared to your veterinarian, think twice.

We understand the tempting convenience of online pharmaceutical companies, but for your pet’s physical health and your financial wellbeing, bring your pet in to see us at 5 Points Animal Hospital. We will not only go through a full physical exam, but any medication your pet needs will be accompanied by knowledge that you and your animal are given the best care possible.

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