Don't buy pet medication online, experts say talk to your vet instead

FILE - Lola, a French bulldog, lies on the floor prior to the start of a St. Francis Day service at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Oct. 7, 2007, in New York. The American Kennel Club announced Wednesday, March 15, 2023 that French bulldogs have become the United States' most prevalent dog breed, ending Labrador retrievers' record-breaking 31 years at the top. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg, File)

(AP Photo/Tina Fineberg, File) Poultry Medicine Products

Don't buy pet medication online, experts say talk to your vet instead

SALT LAKE CITY — The FDA is warning pet owners of the dangers of unapproved and unprescribed medications bought from online retailers. One pet health expert said owners should only give their animals medications prescribed by their veterinarians.

Veterinary Technician at Wasatch Hollow Animal Hospital, Brittany Young, said with the mysterious respiratory dog illness going around, it’s not surprising owners are looking at alternatives.

“We all did it when we first heard about COVID. We all wanted to make sure we kept our kids safe, things like that. So people are doing the same with their dogs too.”

More people are turning to supplements and medicine as the mysterious illness continues spreading.

Young said it’s common for pet owners to look online for what they think is a cheaper medicine.

“A lot of people are seeing these symptoms in their pets, and assuming that they know the cause. And then reaching out for this medication that they’ve used before or they think will fix it and those suppliers are allowing [them] to purchase them.”

She recommends never giving a pet medicine or supplements unless prescribed or approved by a veterinarian.

“People are a lot more aware of what a mass illness can do… It is scaring some owners to try to find alternative methods for keeping their pets safe.”

Regardless of concerns, looking to online retailers for supplements or drugs can be much worse for pets.

Unapproved or misbranded drugs can kill or make pets sick, especially because they’re not regulated or prescribed.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Emergency fire crews responded to a St. George fire after a passerby saw smoke from the garage of a home. 

Despite frustrating delays, UTA has a 90 percent "on-time" record, says the executive officer.

Nikki Haley plans to hold a rally at the Noorda Center for the Performing Arts on Utah Valley University's campus in Orem on the morning of Feb. 28.

Right now, Rocky Mountain Power only credits solar power customers in Utah about 5 cents for the power they send back to the grid.

The community resource centers are part of the MyHometown Utah initiative, which seeks to support and strengthen local communities.

Save People Save Wildlife has urged Park City's council to add a wildlife passageway on S.R. 224 to its 2024 strategic plan. The organization presented its case to the council on February 15. 

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

The history of Bear Lake is full of fascinating stories. At over 250,000 years old, the lake has seen generations of people visit its shores.

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Don't buy pet medication online, experts say talk to your vet instead

Bird Antibiotics Retirement in southern Utah offers plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. Find out all that this region has to offer.