It’s not uncommon for pet owners to think they can get better deals on medications or preventative products online. But the real risk is that even if the prices are lower than what their full-service vet charges, the products are not always legitimate. FDA experts continually warn that buying discount pet products online may be from sites that appear legitimate but are actually fronts for unapproved pet medications, and counterfeit or expired pet drugs.
Consider that recently the FDA Office of Criminal Investigations and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations conducted an investigation which found that the CEO of Action Packing and Design Inc. in California had been intentionally manufacturing and trafficking counterfeit and trademarked Frontline, Frontline Plus, and Merial veterinary product labels and packaging, as well as counterfeit Rimadyl labels trademarked by Zoetis.
Unfortunately, this type of illegal activity is too common. Pet owners who purchase online products may think they are saving money, but in reality they could be short-changing their pet’s health or even putting its life at risk with counterfeit products or expired medications.
Dr. Sam Meisler, who founded PetWellClinic® with the goal of offering top-quality wellness and preventative care at lower prices, explains, “Online pharmacies are not able to buy from the manufacturer nor a manufacturer-approved distributor, and as such counterfeit products are much easier to slip in.”
He says, “According to Zoetis, Merial, Merck and other pet medication manufacturers, online pharmacies purchase most of their veterinary flea and heartworm medications from what are known as veterinary diverters, which are individual veterinarians by the hundreds who have access to the products and who can then resell to online pharmacies.”
At PetWellClinic®, we tackle this illegal and dangerous problem head on by purchasing all of our preventative products and medications from a guaranteed manufacturer approved supply line. We are so confident in the validity of our products that we no longer offer price matching because most often our products are still less expensive than online, and we know their quality is not compromised in any way.
The Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association recently highlighted how PetWellClinic® is able to offer more affordable prices by not having to maintain the overhead and staffing that’s required for surgical procedures. By operating as a walk-in-clinic for non-surgical care, PetWellClinic® is able to offer substantially discounted prices for safe heartworm, flea, and tick preventative products, as well as vaccinations, wellness exams, treatment of minor conditions or medications for chronic conditions.
We offer your favorite preventative products, such as Interceptor Plus and Tri-Heart Plus, ProHeart 6, Bravecto, Trifexis, Simparica, Revolution, and Activyl. Our friendly veterinarians will be happy to help you determine which products may be best suited for your pet and your lifestyle.
PetWellClinic® is open during convenient evening and weekend hours, with no appointment necessary, at three locations: In Farragut at 10549 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37922; near West Hills at 7329 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919; and in Alcoa at 228 S. Calderwood Street, Alcoa, TN 37701.
Learn more about how PetWellClinic® can exceed your expectations for affordable, top quality pet care by visiting our website at www.petwellclinic.com.