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Counterfit Flea meds.

Received this on our IPDTA forum. ....
Just a note on Frontline & Advantage
according to the companies that make these products,
Bayer & Merial, these products are only considered
safe if purchased from a licensed vet.
They will not guarantee any product bought from
a pet store, online, etc. According to the reps
they have found that at least 70% of the OTC
product is counterfeit and comes from places such
as India & China. So even if it comes in look-alike
packaging it doesn't mean it is that product
As far as Hartz, Sargents, Zodiac & Bio-spot
have been long-time issues and still nothing has
been done. When asked why the only thing anyone
can seem to come up with is "they have powerful
lawyers" and "they help fund various programs".

I know many vets (sadly not all...) have info
posted in their waiting areas in regards to the
some have the dangers to cats but not to dogs.

OTC products (of concern) include flea collars,
topicals, powders, sprays and even shampoos.

Interesting article

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Thanks Dave for the information. A few years ago when money was tight, I was buying Advantage for our dog and a friend's dog from Ebay. When I got the product, it was from other another country, but I don't think it was Japan or China. I won't do that again. My girls now get their flea medication from the vet.
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I buy my Frontline and Heartguard from my vet ONLY. Just a gut feeling and so glad I am after seeing this. Thanks.

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is it possible that some of the frontline plus is reportedly losing it's effectiveness because the user did not purchase the product from a vet????
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is it possible that some of the frontline plus is reportedly losing it's effectiveness because the user did not purchase the product from a vet????
I don't think that is what the problem is although I don't really know for sure. I always got my Advantage and Frontline from my vet and still would see a few fleas. Since I started Comfortis I haven't seen any fleas. IDK!!

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I buy all my flea/tick/heartworm medication from the Vet, it is actual cheaper to do so.

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I buy all flea and heartworm products from my vet. He has had this info posted in his office for a while. Frontline wasn't cheaper at the pet store anyway.

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We get our flea med from the Vet and it is especially cheap because they will sell the dose for very large dogs (100 lb+) and they give you a syringe marked with the correct dose for a small dog like a Hav (~10lb). It is very easy to accurately measure the right dose each month, and it is actually 10 times cheaper to administer this way.

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Thanks Dave. I knew about the counterfeits. I was in China a few years ago and it's amazing what they copy. EVERYTHING!!!

I was buying my stuff from Petedge and it wasn't working well. I called Advantix and they told if it has an EPA number on the tube it was real. Then 2 months ago I gave the pups their monthly dose and they reacted weird. Right after I applied it, Fred went mentally nuts and Scuds broke out in an awful rash for a month! Even after 20 days of antibiotics, there was still a slight rash. I went back to frontline, but I do buy it from 1800 pet meds. I called Frontline and they told me they sell it to them. I hope it's real. It seems to be working fine. I'll keep a close eye on it though!

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