Is It Safe to Order Pet Meds Online?

The answer is yes! It is safe to order your pet meds online. Not only is it safe, but ordering pet medications online is convenient and saves you money. Here are just a few reasons why it makes sense to order your pet’s medications online.

Cost & Selection

Some medications can be expensive, but they don’t have to break the bank. Licensed online pharmacies are able to give you prices that your vet can’t. Many sites are able to offer deep discounts on top selling brand name, over-the-counter pet medications including: Frontline Plus for Dogs and Frontline Plus for Cats, Heartgard heartworm treatment, or Cosequin joint supplements.

Not only will you save money on the top brands, but many online pharmacies have a much wider selection than your local vet. From nutritional supplements, flea treatments, or even homeopathic products, ordering pet meds online gives you more freedom and more selection.

Convenience

Ordering pet meds from an online pharmacy is much more convenient than going through your vet’s office, especially since it helps you avoid the extra trip to the vet’s office to pick up your pet’s medications. When ordered online, they can be delivered right to your door. Many reputable sites will also contact your vet directly to get your prescriptions transferred over and verified.

Friendly Reminders

Prescription medications will require a prescription from a veterinarian, but many sites will contact your vet for you to get the written prescription, which only adds to the convenience of ordering your pet meds online.

Before ordering any new medications you should consult with your pet’s veterinarian. They will let you know exactly what medications or supplements your pet may need.

It’s important to know if the site you’re using is based in the U.S. and is properly licensed. Leading sites like VetDepot may also be certified by LegitScript or the NABP. They also only sell U.S. made EPA and FDA approved products. Beware of sites that say they don’t require written prescriptions. They can be risky because according to Martine Hartogensis, D.V.M., deputy director of the Office of Surveillance and Compliance in FDA’s( Center for Veterinary Medicine CVM), “There is a risk of the drugs not being FDA-approved.”

If you can confirm the site’s legitimacy, then ordering pet meds online is perfectly safe, convenient, and will save you money.

Scooting

Spend enough time around dogs and you’ll eventually see one drop his butt to the ground and pull himself forward with his front legs.  This is often called scooting and is not a sign of a particular disease, just an indication that a dog’s butt is itchy or otherwise bothering him.

You probably have heard that scooting is an indication that a dog has worms.  While this is sometimes true, in which case a wormer is necessary, the most common culprits are actually the anal glands. Canine anal glands are located one on either side of a dog’s anus, roughly at the five and seven o’clock positions.  The contents of a dog’s anal glands are supposed to be released when he defecates as part of his scent marking behavior.  When this doesn’t happen normally, the glands become very full and uncomfortable.  By scooting, a dog is attempting to put a little pressure on the glands and open up the ducts that drain them to find relief.  This isn’t always successful and in extreme cases, anal gland can become impacted, infected, and even rupture.

So, if your dog scoots frequently, it’s important to see your veterinarian.  He or she can diagnose the cause, and if full anal glands are to blame, empty them.  If you are an extreme do-it-yourselfer, your vet can show you how to do this at home, but make sure you have an ample supply of exam gloves and odor eliminator on hand!  Perhaps a better option is to increase the amount of fiber in your dog’s diet.  Bulky stools can help the anal glands release their contents on their own, which means that nobody has to take on the unpleasant task of expressing your dog’s anal glands.