We have all seen television advertisements for pet medications which claim to sell the same products as your veterinarian for less. Are they really the same? Purchasing your pet’s medication from a reputable source means that the product is exactly what is says it is and will protect your pet or treat your pet in a proven manner. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has evaluated the product for safety and efficacy. Additionally, the product is guaranteed.

So what does that mean to you? It means that the Heartgard Plus, for example, really will prevent heartworm disease when given as directed. It means it is safe. The side effects, if any, are known. Interactions with other medications and restrictions on use are well documented.

Products sold for less often do not deliver what is expected. The product may have a shortened expiration period or no expiration date. The product may be counterfeit. Most importantly, the purchase of a product directly from the manufacturer, which is how veterinarians and guaranteed pharmacies obtain their supplies, comes with a guarantee. The guarantee is the manufacturer’s promise that the medication is proven safe and effective. I think that peace of mind is worth a few extra dollars. Do you?

Mia K. Frezzo, DVM