The Importance Of Purchasing Your Veterinary Consumables From A Reliable Source
The internet has opened up a wealth of opportunity for buyers and sellers alike. Even the smallest of businesses can operate worldwide, supplying goods to ‘virtual’ consumers, wherever they might be. And for customers, there is more chance of getting a good deal and saving money in the process. But it is never more important to carry out due diligence when sourcing a supplier than when purchasing veterinary consumables and supplies online.
These apply equally whether you’re a professional or a pet owner, but the risk is highest for the latter. Unfamiliar with the veterinary market and aware of the high cost of veterinary care, they may opt for what looks like a great deal at first glance. So what are the dangers for pet owners of sourcing their veterinary consumables and supplies over the internet? Ultimately, they may be putting the health and well-being of the animals they are treating in jeopardy. They may even be putting their lives at risk. While there are a host of reputable internet sites and companies that offer legitimate and safe vet supplies to both private individuals and professional practices, there are also many unscrupulous sellers. These may be offering untested and unapproved medicines and drugs. The goods they sell may come in what looks to all intents and purposes like the right packaging, but could contain counterfeit pet drugs. If the products are not immediately recognisable as being from a reputable source, then the seller may make wildly inaccurate and unsupported claims about their efficacy. The supplies may be past their sell or use-by date, and therefore may be contaminated, or any active ingredients may not be fully effective.
And if prescription drugs are sold without the seller requiring a prescription from a trained vet, then the buyer may be treating a wrongly diagnosed condition with the wrong medicine entirely. So if you are a pet owner and wish to purchase over the internet safely, how should you establish the legitimacy of the site from which you buy medications and other treatments for your pet? Look for a company that sells vet supplies UK based, not based abroad. These sellers must comply with the Veterinary Medicines Regulations 2013 and should adhere to the AIRS (Accredited Internet Retailer Scheme) framework, which is run by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD). This gives you guarantees that the medicines supplied have been authorised for use in the UK and that you will receive the correct advice on how to administer them and possible side effects when they are dispensed. Also, never attempt to buy prescription drugs without first having sought proper advice on diagnosis and treatment from your vet. Moreover, certainly do not purchase any online vet supplies UK or abroad from a website that promises prescription drugs without you needing to supply a prescription. A company prepared to do this does not have your pet’s welfare in mind.
It’s understandable that you’ll want to save money on veterinary consumables, especially if your pet has one or more long-standing medical conditions. But is it really worth the risk? Not only may you cause your animal further suffering, but dosing your pet with the wrong or inefficacious drugs may also result in higher vets’ bills for life-saving treatment in worst-case scenarios.