Spring is finally here!!! We waited through such a tough winter and we definitely deserve the warm weather that is ahead. Along with the warm weather, we unfortunately have to deal with all the critters that rear their ugly heads when the sun shines. Fleas and ticks and heartworms, Oh my!
Through the eyes of your veterinarian’s office, there is one more critter that rears its ugly head, especially around this time of year… the online pharmacy! 1800PetMeds, PetMedExpress, PetCareRx, EntirelyPets blah, blah, blah. The only praise I have for these companies is for their marketing departments. Cute, cheerful commercials, boasting on the ease and convenience of their service and “guarantee”. Without researching what these companies are really about, it looks like the perfect business. Well…I’ve done the research and it doesn’t look good. Several of these pharmacies have numerous violations against them, such as
1. There is no FDA present to monitor or approve the medications that were not manufactured here.
2. Often foreign companies use the metric system for dosing. You may easily be under or overdosing your furry family member.
Since the Grand Poobah of them all (1800-PetMeds) is a publicly traded company, lets make some of these violations public.
Now I’m not sure about all of you, but this doesn’t sound like the kinds of companies I would trust with my girls’ medications. I’m not even sure it sounds like the kind of business ethics I demand from a company that I do business with. Please, please be careful where you are getting your pet’s medications from and always remember that the safest place is always through your veterinarian!