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Shonky Online Drugs Put Family Pets At Risk

14 years ago

5th November, 2010 11h51

Online veterinary medications are putting Australian pets at risk according to Australia’s peak veterinary organisation. “Cheap human medications from disreputable online retailers are common but this is now a growing concern for vets as more unregulated animal medicines become available,” says AVA President Dr Barry Smyth. “Unfortunately people who buy these products are putting their family pets at risk. “Not only is this a risky practice as there is no guarantee that you’re going to get what you’re paying for, you might also be breaking the law by buying these drugs online and importing them into Australia. “Australian’s love their pets and they’re prepared to spend a lot of money on pampering so it’s really important not to cut corners and give them low quality or dangerous unregulated medications,” he said. Even pet owners who are only importing medications for their own animals can be liable for a fine of up to $33,000 if the medications are not registered in Australia. “Another concern for veterinarians is that pet owners have no recourse if something goes wrong with one of these medications as there is usually not system of reporting in place,” said Dr Smyth. “Australia has strict controls for the manufacture and regulation of veterinary medicines in order to ensure these medicines are safe for pets when used in accordance with the labelling. “If you’re concerned about anything relating to your pet’s health and wellbeing, a talk with your vet will give you the professional advice you need“, he said. Veterinary medicines in Australia are regulated by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).

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