Counterfeit and Gray-Market Products

It’s that time of year for a reminder about why we do not directly approve prescription requests from third-party websites!


Please note this is not solely regarding the company referenced below; this is just one of many examples:

FDA Beware of Offers Too Good to be True -- Know Your Source“We [PetMeds Express] currently purchase a portion of our prescription and non-prescription medications
from third party distributors and we are not an authorized distributor of these products.


“In order to assure a supply of these products, we purchase medications from various secondary sources…we will continue to rely upon secondary sources…As these products represent a significant portion of our sales, our failure to fill customer orders for these products could adversely impact our sales.”*


While sometimes the products are less expensive than from a verified source (your veterinarian), there is no manufacturer warranty which would generally cover cost of failed medication and/or treatment if your pet falls ill as a result of said failure.

Another aspect of the gray market is entirely counterfeit medications: those  created to look like one thing but comprised of something entirely different, meaning you’ve no idea what you’re actually purchasing and giving your pet.


We will, of course, write you a prescription if you chose to purchase prescription items elsewhere.



For more information about illegal veterinary medications, please see: HealthforAnimals Illegal Veterinary Medicines: Impact and Effective Control


*From page 6 of 1800PetMeds’ 2017 Annual report
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Hill’s canned dog food recall

If you feed your dog canned Hill’s food, please read this and check against
your lot numbers (found on plastic wrap around the case and on each individual can).
If what you have is part of the recall, stop feeding to your dog, contact Hill’s for replacement at or by phone at 1800-445-5777, and contact us if you have any other questions or concerns about your dogs well-being

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Two notes regarding the government shutdown:

Along with his license to practice veterinary medicine, Dr. Gallagher is also accredited by the UDSA to complete International Health Certificates for dogs and cats traveling abroad. He submitted the appropriate renewal paperwork but those responsible for processing are on furlough, and if the government does not reopen [and catch up] in time, his ability to issue International Health Certificates will lapse on February 28, 2019. Please plan accordingly! **This only affects International Health Certificates, not his general license to practice.**

If you are a government employee not being paid or furloughed due to the shutdown, we do not want your dog or cat to go without appropriate care. Contact us and we’ll work out a payment plan. You will need to show your Federal Government work ID.



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NarBark Dog Parade, June 1, 2018!

We have a table for the Narberth Dog Parade on June 1, from 6pm-8pm. Bring your pups for the [costumed] parade or to stroll through! We’ll have $1 raffle tickets* for various items and services like flea/tick prevention medications, heartworm testing and prevention meds, exams, and blood work.

Stop by to say hi and to meet everybody from Villanova Veterinary Hospital!

*All proceeds from our raffles are going to a local non-profit animal group

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Why we vaccinate for rabies

The rabies vaccine is the only legally required vaccine for cats and dogs in Pennsylvania, even those kept entirely indoors must be vaccinated. The vaccine is important to protect both pets and people because rabies is zoonotic, meaning a human can contract it directly from another species.

Pennsylvania records between 400 and 500 cases of rabies every year in wild and domestic animals,

but only tests animals when human exposure is likely. This means more cases exist, they’re simply not documented. The east coast and through the Appalachian Mountains shows particularly high incidences of rabies in cats. On July 28, 2017, a public health notice was published for Philadelphia County stating in that month alone, more cats tested positive for rabies than usually do in an entire year.

If you or your pet is bitten by an unknown or unvaccinated mammal, it is extremely important to immediately contact your doctor or veterinarian. Once clinical signs are present, rabies is considered 100% fatal with only a handful of people through history surviving after showing clinical signs.

For more information about rabies in Pennsylvania, please see the state’s Department of Agriculture website.