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The Dangers of Buying Non-U.S. Approved Products

With pet products being produced and sold all over the world it is very important for us as consumers to take a look at what products we buy for our pets. There are many online retailers out there that sell pet products that have not been approved by the United States regulatory agencies, the FDA and EPA. These products should be considered dangerous and would not guarantee the safety of your pet.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for protecting the safety of the food and drugs that we eat, but you may not know that FDA also makes sure that animal foods and medicines are safe and properly labeled as well. They rigorously inspect products and the individual ingredients produced in the United States to ensure the quality and safety of the product.


Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is best known for implementing and enforcing the environmental laws enacted by Congress, but they are also responsible for the quality of the food and drugs that we and our pets eat. They also oversee the pesticides and insecticides that we spray around the house and on our pets. They ensure the labeling of these products that are sold in the United States are not misleading and will not harm the public.

The Importance of having FDA and EPA approved Products

Many foreign pet products or generic brands are not FDA Approved. In many cases these products have different doses due to the conversion from metric, which can lead to over-dosing or under-dosing. Some even contain illegal pesticides that are very toxic or are banned by the EPA. Others contain unknown ingredients or poor quality ingredients. Many consumers unknowingly purchase these illegal versions thinking they are getting a cheaper price. Though these products may look similar to and make the same claims as their approved counterparts, these products have not been thoroughly tested. And since the products are unregistered, their labels have not been reviewed for clear directions and safety warnings which make it very dangerous for your pets.

Popular Products people buy for their pets

At, we pride ourselves on the fact we offer only FDA and/or EPA approved products to our customer. Here are some of the more popular pet products consumers should look to ensure they are FDA or EPA approved:

Advantage Flea Control

Cosequin DS


Who's your dog's daddy?
By Sharon L. Peters, Special for USA TODAY

DNA tests sniff out mutts' breeding
Through the marvels of DNA testing, some of the greatest mysteries of Mutt-dom are being revealed. Dogs of vague or unrecognizable ancestry whether fluffy white mongrels with Chihuahua ears and beagle like voices or massive hounds that resemble nothing previously seen in nature are being exposed for what they really are, genetically speaking.

DNA testing can disclose what breeds dominate their family trees. And thousands of people are happy to pay, about $60 to $170 depending on the method and company chosen, to end the what-do-you-suppose-he-is speculation of mixed-breed dog owners everywhere. The first test was unveiled less than a year ago. Now, consumer interest is growing so fast that more companies are jumping into the doggie identification business, websites are being enhanced, and additional breeds are being added to testing databases.

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