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Can I Buy Canadian Pet Meds?

Should You Purchase Pet Medications from Canada?

By Madeleine Burry. July 17, 2013 | See Comments

Can I Buy Canadian Pet Meds?

Pet medication can get costly for many pet parents here in the U.S., prompting them to consider purchasing medications from neighboring countries like Canada. This is illegal however, and there are health risks you maybe exposing your pet to.

If you are considering purchasing medications for your pet from online stores based out of Canada, it’s important that you be aware this would be an illegal transaction. As well as breaking the law, though, you could also be putting your cat or dog at risk of health complications. While the drugs from Canada may be cheaper, they are not subject to the regulations of medications sold by American companies, and can potentially cause problems to your pet’s health. All-in-all, purchasing Canadian pet meds is a poor idea, and one that is discouraged by the FDA.

Why Are Canadian Drugs Problematic?

There are a few different reasons that Canadian medications aren’t good news for your pet, beyond the illegality of the purchase. For one thing, these drugs are not regulated as they are in the America. This means you could potentially receive medications that are counterfeit versions of familiar brands. Other possible pitfalls are expired drugs, medications in the incorrect dosage, or formulations intended for other countries. It’s also possible that medications that have been recalled in the U.S. will be still available for purchase from Canada.

One of the major signs of a disreputable company is if they are willing to send you medications without a prescription, and if their prices are dramatically lower than all of the competition. Of course you always wants the best deal -- but if something is typically available for sale for $100 and it’s available on just one website for $20, it might be an indicator that you won’t be getting the genuine article if you purchase there.

Where to Buy Pet Medications

For the sake of your pet’s safety, it’s recommended that you only purchase medications directly from your veterinarian or from an accredited source, such as Veterinary-Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites (Vet-VIPPS)*. This certification is given by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, and is a guarantee that every outgoing perscription is overseen by a certified professional.

*PetCareRx.com is Vet-VIPPS certified

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Canadian Pet Meds at a glance

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  • 1Ordering medications for pets or humans from Canada is illegal in the U.S.
  • 2Although prices may be cheaper, meds from Canada are not regulated as they are in the U.S.
  • 3Buying medications from Canada could pose risks to your pet's health.
  • 4Medications should only be purchased from an accredited site or company, or directly from your veterinarian.