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With Covid-19 resulting in a 129.5% increase in online shopping sales – in May alone – over 1 in 10 pet owners have been duped into buying counterfeit pet medicines online. Such pet owners had concerns about the authenticity of pet medicines that they’d ordered online in good faith and, on reporting the issue, received confirmation that the products they’d bought were indeed fake.
However, the true number of owners affected is likely to be higher, as a further 12% of pet owners said they believed that they may have received fake pet medicines, but had not gone down the route of reporting these to find out for sure.
Illegal traders use real imagery and adverts to sell fake products at a slashed down price, which can often entice the high numbers of pet owners who like to shop online. And there’s a great deal of fake product out there!
New research by Seresto Flea and Tick Control collar shows that factors that made pet owners feel they may have bought fake product included the medicine having a strange smell, the medicine not seeming to work properly or making their pet unwell, or the medicine having a false expiry date.
Aston spoke to Rory Cowlam a.k.a Rory The Vet, TV vet to discuss some clarity on the correct medicines we should buy our pets, and give some top tips to spot fake ones online,
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