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Published on August 16th, 2013 | by Debbie Martin


Any VMD Approved Pet Flea Product Has Been Assessed for Effectiveness

Pet Flea Advice CentreWhen it comes to choosing the right pet flea product for our pets, it can be confusing to know which pet flea treatment products have been officially approved as being safe for our pets and which haven’t. We want to make sure that our pets are using the right products, which will be effective in treating their fleas and will not be harmful to their health.

In a recent program on the BBC called ‘Animal Frontline’, there have been comments made which imply that only flea treatments which are available from a veterinary surgeon are effective. However, this is not necessarily true. What pet owners should know is that any medicine which meets the required standards of the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) is safe for pets to use, whether it is prescribed by a veterinary professional or suitably qualified person (SQP) or purchased at general sale through a pet shop or an online retailer. It is the duty of an SQP to ensure that all of the medicines that they are entitled to prescribe meet the right safety requirements.

What is the Veterinary Medicines Directorate?

The VMD is associated with the Department of Rural Affairs, Environment and Food and it was created to protect animal health as well as public health and the well being of the environment. Its main aim is to verify the safety and quality of veterinary medicines in the UK.

The VMD independently assesses all veterinary medicines and performs inspections on their manufacture and distribution. Before any product is sold to pet owners, it is assessed by the VMD for quality, efficiency and safety. If you buy a product that has been approved by the VMD, you can be assured that it will work effectively and will not harm your pet.

Using Flea Products on Your Pet

It is important to use flea treatments on your furry friend, as flea infestations can be a lot worse than simple itchiness. Flea bites can lead to anaemia and weakness in dogs and cats that are already ill and frail. Also, the open bites can lead to infection and sores on the skin, which can worsen if they are not treated.

Of course, it is always important to read the label carefully when administering medicine to your pet and carefully follow the recommendations. If you use a product that doesn’t work as it was expected or was ineffective, you can always report it to the company that produces the product itself. You will usually find the contact details for this on the label of the product itself. You can also report it to the Veterinary Medicines Directorate, as they will investigate any concerns with the products that they have approved.

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About the Author

Debbie Martin has worked at Beeston Animal Health for over five years, having previously worked as a nurse in equine and small animal practice. Although generally involved with aspects of marketing these days and putting her psychology degree to good use, she still has a great depth of up to date knowledge in all creatures great and small. Debbie lives at home with her partner and two children and spends much of her spare time looking after her horses, dogs and cats or at the home farm with the cows, sheep and turkeys.

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