Benefits of buying flea and tick preventatives from your
If you are considering purchasing your pet’s flea & tick
medication from an outside source, there are a few things to
consider. There are many services that are being provided in
addition to the medication
itself when you purchase your products from us:
Keep in mind that we have promotions and rebates to
pass on from the manufacturers that are not
available online, in catalogs, or at the major retail stores.
This means we are often cheaper than 3rd party sources.
For example, we currently have $5 mail in rebate coupons for
every 3-pack of Parastar Plus purchased.
We invite you to compare our prices to other sources; we are
confident that you will find
them to be very competitive.
We purchase our medications only from reputable sources. Some
internet companies are selling products
that are not labeled for sale in this country. Not only is this
illegal, it has resulted in errors on the part of the consumers.
For example, the weight will be in kilograms instead of pounds.
Do you know how many kilograms your pet weighs?
Improper use of flea & tick products, especially in cats, can
lead to fatal reactions. We have seen cats die because
the wrong product was accidentally used by their owner. We can
help you avoid these mistakes.
Some flea & tick medications are not safe to use with other
medications that your pet may be on. We are familiar with your
pet’s medical history and can help you choose a safe product.
Brand names matter: There are many “generic” options
available. Even if they have the same active ingredients, the
“carrier,” which helps distribute the product all over your
pet’s body, may not be the same and therefore not be as
effective as the name brand product.
Generic options also may use chemicals that are not as safe
for your pet. A major local retailer is selling a generic
product that can only be used in dogs over 6 months of age,
although this information is buried in the fine print on the
back of the box.
All of the major drug manufacturers (who make Parastar Plus,
Frontline Plus, etc.) will only uphold their guarantees if
the products were purchased through approved channels (your
veterinarian). Online pharmacies and retail stores such as
Costco obtain their products from non-approved channels, and
therefore you would not receive any support from the
manufacturer in situations of apparent product failure or
medical complications. The manufacturers feel very strongly that
the involvement of the veterinarian is crucial to the safe and
effective use of their products.
Drug company representatives visit us regularly to share with
us their latest data and research, and are a valuable source of
up-to-the-minute information. In addition, our staff
participates in regular meetings to make sure everyone is well
versed on the safe and effective use of the products that we
carry. We are a reliable source to answer any questions you may
have about the products you have purchased.
In our experience, perceived product failure is actually due
to incorrect use by the client. We can help you avoid those
common mistakes so that you are not wasting your money.
These products can be purchased directly from Four Paws at
your next visit, or can be mailed to your home through
our online store.
Written by Dr. Kathy Kallay
(C) 2012, K. M. Kallay
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