FDA Finds Problems with Online Pet Pharmacies

At Elmhurst Animal Care Center, a full-service animal hospital in the Chicago suburbs, a team of veterinarians works to ensure that their patients regain health and well-being. However, the efforts of pet owners sometimes undermine those of veterinarians, like the doctors at Elmhurst Animal Care Center, when they buy drugs for their pets at unregulated online pharmacies. A recent FDA study found that many of the pharmacies found in a web search for pet medicine sell counterfeit or expired drugs. In addition, it can be dangerous to buy drugs without having an animal examined by a vet.

For instance, it’s essential that a dog undergo blood tests and a full exam before receiving non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). However, many online pharmacies will dispense these drugs without a prescription, resulting in improper doses and dangerous side effects. Experts recommend that consumers only use Vet-VIPPS-certified online pharmacies or those recommended by their family veterinarian. Otherwise, they could put a pet’s health at risk through the use of dangerous discount drugs.