What is the issue with counterfeit medications?
We always recommend buying medications directly from a veterinary clinic. If online is the only option, you can visit our trusted online pharmacy here: https://perryvillepet.vetsfirstchoice.com/
What are some frequently counterfeited medications?
We find commonly counterfeited medications include but are not limited to:
- Heartworm preventative
- Flea and tick preventative
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs — such as Rimadyl (carprofen), Deramaxx (deracoxib), Previcox (firocoxib), or Metacam (meloxicam)
Red flags that an online pharmacy may send counterfeit products
Huge discounts or low prices that seem “too good to be true” may not be a legitimate pharmacy.
Pharmacy is not licensed and/or is located outside the United States.
If the same medication looks different than one you have received before.
Preventatives should come in original packaging. If you ordered 1, 3, 6 or 12 doses, you should not receive individual doses that were put together in the shipment. They should be in proper boxing/packaging.
How can I tell if my pet's medication is counterfeit?
In the USA, weights listed should always be labeled as pounds with a decimal point in the weight if applicable.
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Tips for ordering medications online safely:
If you have any doubt about the legitimacy of a pharmacy/product, contact us!
Be aware of red flags. Does the online pharmacy have contact information available? Do they not require a prescription for the medication? Are their prices too good to be true?
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**Important info to have ready: Name of the toxic substance, amount ingested or exposed to, the weight of your pet, any medications that your pet is taking & Credit Card for the consult fee.
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