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The Companion Animal Parasite Council has developed important guidelines for protecting pets and pet owners from parasitic infections. St. Francis Animal & Bird Hospital is committed to providing you with these important guidelines and helping you make choices that will protect your loved ones.
Roundworms, hookworms, and tapeworms are intestinal parasites found in both dogs and cats. A nationwide study revealed that more than 1 out of 3 untreated dogs were infected by at least one of these intestinal parasites. While pets infected with intestinal parasites may exhibit vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, malnutrition, blood loss, and even death, many infected pets show no clinical signs of illness, yet can be shedding up to 200,000 parasite eggs in the feces every day!
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HOSPITAL POLICY REGARDING PRESCRIPTIONS
FOR 1-800-PETMEDS®, INTERNET WAREHOUSES,
AND HUMAN PHARMACIES
To our valued clients,
Our hospital currently does not authorize fax or phone prescriptions to 1-800-PetMeds® or other pharmaceutical warehouses for prescription products. We have thoughtfully chosen this policy for the following reasons:
- Novartis, Zoetis, Bayer, Merial, Merck and other veterinary drug companies have informed the veterinary community that they do not sell their products to these warehouses nor do they sell the majority of their veterinary products to human pharmacies such as Target, Walgreen’s or Costco. Since they cannot be sure of the origin and handling of these medications, veterinary drug companies will not honor product guarantees on veterinary medications purchased from Internet warehouses or human pharmacies. They will only guarantee medications that are dispensed by licensed veterinarians.
- Some of these companies fail to employ licensed pharmacists or veterinarians trained in drug storage, handling, or pharmacology. Instead, they are simply large warehouses staffed with customer service personnel. Therefore, there are no trained professionals to discuss side effects, adverse reactions, or appropriate medication selection and administration. Unfortunately, this appears to be true even in our trusted human pharmacies such as Target, Walmart, and Walgreen’s.
- Federal and state regulatory agencies have taken legal action against some of these companies for fraud, illegal distribution of drugs, and selling misbranded products.
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It is springtime – and time to think about protecting your pet against heartworms, fleas, ticks, and other parasites. Each year, we strive to make prevention of these diseases affordable for you. In 2015, we bring you amazing promotions to help you keep your pet healthy.