Be Safe With Online Pharmacies!


Hi Everyone,  One of my online veterinary news feeds sent me this from Connecticut Post (Fairfield County-Bridgeport:

“For many people, their pets are a part of the family. And when that family member gets sick, they want to do all they can to help their furry or feathery friend. But U.S. Food and Drug Administration said that, if you plan to purchase medications for pets online, use caution.

Though there are Internet sites that represent legitimate pharmacies, the FDA has found that there are others that sell unapproved pet drugs and counterfeit pet products, make fraudulent claims, dispense prescription drugs without requiring a prescription, and sell expired drugs. Any of these practices could mean that the products you are buying could be unsafe or ineffective for your pet.

In general, the FDA regulates the manufacture and distribution of animal drugs, while individual state pharmacy boards regulate the dispensing of prescription veterinary products.

If an online pharmacy does not require a prescription from a veterinarian before filling any order for prescription drugs, that’s a red flag.

Here are some other things to consider when looking at sites offering pet medications, from the FDA’s website:

Look for pharmacy websites ending in “Pharmacy.”

You may be used to looking for the Vet-VIPPS seal on your pharmacy’s website. But as of late August, 2017, that no longer holds true. Instead, you should look for pharmacy websites ending in “.Pharmacy.” Under the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy new Pharmacy Verified Websites Program, pharmacies must meet strict standards for enrollment. Once accepted, they are given “.Pharmacy” website addresses to help you quickly identify trustworthy, worldwide online pharmacies and pharmacy-related websites, so you can safely make purchases.

Order from an outsourced prescription management service that your veterinarian uses. These state-licensed Internet pharmacy services work directly with the veterinarian, require that a prescription be written by the veterinarian, and support the veterinarian-client-patient relationship. Ask your veterinary hospital if it uses an Internet pharmacy service.

But first, consult your veterinarian. An online foreign or domestic pharmacy may claim that one of its veterinarians on staff will “evaluate” the pet after looking over a form filled out by the pet owner, and then prescribe the drug. But that could be a sign that the pharmacy isn’t legitimate. Written information—without a physical examination of your animal—may omit important clues to your animal’s condition, and is no substitute for a vet physically examining your animal.

The FDA is especially concerned that pet owners are going online to buy two types of commonly used veterinary drugs that require a prescription — heartworm preventives, such as Heartgard, Trifexis and Interceptor; and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as Rimadyl or Metacam.

The take home???   You should not buy meds on the Internet without a veterinarian’s involvement.”

Good health to you and your fur family,

Doc Iris

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Another Chew Recall

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Another Dog Chew Recall

United Pet Group is expanding its recall to include popular store brands of rawhide dog chews sold by Walmart, Petco, H-E-B and others due to possible contamination with a chemical compound.
To learn which products are affected, please visit the following link:
Please be sure to share the news of this alert with other pet owners!

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Dog Treat Recall

Loving Pets of Cranbury, NJ, is voluntarily recalling limited lots of multiple brands of dog treats because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. 
To learn which products are affected, please visit the following site
Please be sure to share the news of this important recall event with other pet owners.

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Another Recall

Dear Fellow Dog Lover,
Because you signed up on our website and asked to be notified, I’m sending you this special recall alert. If you no longer wish to receive these emails, please click the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of this message.

United Pet Group is voluntarily recalling multiple brands of rawhide dog chews due to possible contamination with a chemical compound. The chews were distributed nationwide in retail stores and online.
Please be sure to share the news of this alert with other pet owners.

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Canine Influenza Confirmed in Florida

This past week FVMA was made aware that there may have been a few cases of canine influenza diagnosed in Florida. The state veterinarian’s office has confirmed this, as you will see from the letter below, and has provided the attached documents on canine influenza to assist veterinarians and pet owners in caring for their patients and pets.

K9 influenza diagnosis | FAQ K9 influenza | Pet Owners H3N2 CIV FAQ


May 25, 2017
Dear Florida Veterinarian:
We recently learned from the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine that they have treated multiple cases of respiratory disease in dogs this week. Several dogs have been hospitalized, with seven confirmed H3N2 canine influenza cases and several others with suspected H3N2 influenza. All dogs being treated are in stable condition. 

There is no evidence that H3N2 canine influenza virus infects people. 

While H3N2 has been circulating throughout the country, it is the first time it has been confirmed in Florida. This is a highly contagious virus, and the University of Florida has provided the attached veterinary FAQs and sample collection information sheet, as well as an owner fact sheet for your clients. In addition, more information can be found at:

University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine Website,

American Veterinary Medical Association Website, (

Please review this material, so you can help protect dogs in our state. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Division of Animal Industry at 850-410-0900. 
Dr. Michael Short

State Veterinarian/Director 

 Florida Veterinary Medical Association • 7207 Monetary Drive • Orlando, FL 32809

PH: (407) 851-3862 • Fax: (407) 240-3710 • Toll Free (800) 992-3862 • Email

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Help Reduce Stress in Your Cat

Feliway-Help Reduce the Stress in your Cats

Do you DREAD taking your cat to the veterinarian?? Does your cat vanish the minute you bring out the carrier?? With practice & patience you can make it easier on the both of you😁

Feliway Spray is a synthetic copy of a feline facial pheromone that cat’s use to mark territory.
Feliway Spray has been Clinically Proven to Help Reduce the Signs of Stress some cats experience during travel, including vomiting, agitation, meowing, salvation, urination & defecation
Habituating your cat to a carrier
~Leave carrier open & available to your cat at all times
~Keep it in the room you are in most
~Feed your cat near the carrier, slowly move the bowl into the carrier so she/he gets used to being inside & associates with goodness
~You can even place her favorite toys inside the carrier
~Once your cat adjusts to carrier then you can slowly try closing door & carrying her/him to your car.
~Patience & more patience will help the both of you

Contact Doc Iris to TRY SOME for your next visit😁
We also have calming treats as well you can try!😁

38% of Most Pet Owners stress when they think about taking their Pet to the Vet
1 in 3 Cat Owners said their cat is unwilling to get in a carrier
52% of cats haven’t had a vet check up in last year
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