Think you got a great deal on that cheap flea and tick medication you just bought? Think again.
Any time you purchase cut-rate flea and tick medication—over 50% off—it’s highly likely that you’re getting a counterfeit product that could harm your pet. This happens frequently with internet purchases that are made without a veterinary prescription.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that these items are designed to look like legitimate pet pesticides, and has taken civil and even criminal enforcement actions against those who sell and distribute these products. Check out the EPA’s list of ways to identify counterfeit medications, and you’ll see that they include some very dangerous practices—including