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Similar to many other products, veterinary medications for your pet are increasingly available from third party internet vendors. There are multiple concerns and potential dangers with obtaining products and medications from pharmacies outside your veterinary practice.



When you purchase your petís medications from a licensed veterinarian, you have the assurance that the medication has come from a trusted source.  Your petís veterinarian is the only professional that has gone through pharmacy training and licensure specifically for dog or cat.  Village Veterinary Practice has expertise in veterinary pharmacology, including training and education of our staff to ensure your pet gets the exact medication with the proper dose.  The manufacturers of the medications we use stand behind their products and can support the patient, the pet owner and veterinary hospital, if any questions or adverse reactions occur.  Our veterinary pharmaceutical manufacturers guarantee their productsí purity and efficacy, and will cover the cost of treatment should the product not perform as indicated.  When a medication is purchased from a source other than a licensed veterinarian, this guarantee is lost, along with any product rebate the manufacturer may be offering. 




If you choose to purchase your pet's medication from an internet pet pharmacy, there are risks you should be aware of.  Prescriptions purchased from internet and catalog pharmacies may not come directly from the manufacturer.  Accurate labeling, storage conditions, proper expiration dates, medication safety, medication purity and efficacy may be compromised in these products.  Additionally, there are also a number of counterfit drugs that can be found online.  These drugs may be labeled like the products you are accustomed to using on your pet; however, the actual product itself can be very different, resulting in severe harm to your pet. 


In some cases, medication sold by internet pet pharmacies are obtained from sources outside of the United States.  Products obtained from outside of the US are not regulated during manufacturing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  These products can be mislabeled, incorrectly formulated, contain contaminants, or contain the incorrect amount of drug. 


Out of concern for your pet, and the knowledge that we cannot control the safety nor effectiveness of what might be sent to you, Village Veterinary Practice does not endorse the use of pet internet and catalog pharmacies.  Therefore, we will not authorize prescriptions or refill prescriptions via phone, fax or email.  Clients choosing to obtain their pet's medications from internet pet pharmacies assume the responsibility of obtaining and mailing the original written prescription to the internet pharmacy of choice.  If you have decided to purchase medications from an internet pet pharmacy, please allow enough time for the prescription medication or refill medication to be approved, processed and shippped.  For your pet's safety, we will not make exceptions to this policy if your shipment has been delayed resulting in a lapse of medication dosing. 




Village Veterinary Practice stocks the majority of your petís prescriptions in our hospital pharmacy, which allows our clients the convenience of leaving the hospital with their petís medication in hand.  By utilizing the pharmacy in your animal hospital, you not only save yourself time, but you also have knowledgeable veterinary medical professionals overseeing your petís health and prescription needs. Treatment can be started immediately after your visit, with no wait for shipping of your petís medications.  Additionally, with two Village Veterinary locations, itís easy to pick up your petís medication or prescription diet refill at which ever location is closest to you. 




Village Veterinary Practice strives to provide the best medications and service.  We have restructured our pharmacy to offer competitive pricing for our patients.  Please call the office if you have price questions about medications or products. 









January 8, 2013
CBS Channel 2 News Broadcast
FDA: Prescription Mix-Ups A Problem For Pets, Too
Pharamcy Service
CLICK HERE for Link to CBS 2 News Report
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