Dispose Your Pet’s Expired and Unused Medications

Have you ever wondered how to get rid of your pet’s expired or unused medications? If you have unused medications accumulating around your home, it may be time to round them up. Besides gaining back your cabinet space, disposing of unwanted and expired medications helps reduce the risk of accidental poisoning. While prescription and over-the-counter medications help people and animals when used appropriately, the same medicines can be dangerous when disposed of improperly. Fortunately, there are many options available to help, check them out below.

Ask Your Pharmacy

Most pharmacies will offer to dispose of medications originally purchased from them. Some pharmacies offer mail-back programs or offer disposal kiosks for unused medications. For example, VetRxDirect will properly dispose of any medications purchased from our pharmacy. Please contact our pharmacy for proper shipping instructions.

Consider Donation

Contact your local animal shelter or humane society to donate unexpired, unused, or leftover medications to help homeless pets. Some organizations are able to provide medications for pet owners with low incomes.

Ask Your Veterinarian

Contact your veterinary clinic. Some veterinary clinics will offer to safely dispose of your pet’s expired or unused medications. 

Find a Drug Collection Site

Some facilities and businesses are registered with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to collect old, unused, unneeded, or expired medicines. These authorized drug collection locations safely and securely gather and dispose of pharmaceuticals containing controlled substances and other medicines.

In your community, the authorized collection locations may be in retail pharmacies, hospitals or clinic pharmacies, and law enforcement agencies/ facilities. Some authorized collectors may also offer mail-back programs or collection receptacles like drop off boxes to assist you in safely disposing of your unused medicines. To find a local drug collection site:

  • Go to the DEA website and search your area by zip code or city & state
  • Use Google Maps and type in “drug disposal near me” or “medication disposal near me”.

Go to a Drug Takeback Event

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) periodically hosts National Prescription Drug Take-Back events. During Drug Take Back Days, temporary drug collection sites are set up in communities nationwide for safe disposal of prescription drugs. Also, local law enforcement agencies may sponsor drug take-back events in your community.Expired Medication Takeback

All medicines dropped off at drug collection sites or events will be destroyed and discarded. If you are interested in donating your medication, use this online resource to determine whether pharmaceutical donation and reuse programs exist in your state.

Safe Disposal of Medicines at Home

When none of these options are readily available, the FDA provides step-by-step guidelines for safe disposal of prescription and over-the-counter medicines in your home. 

Can I Get a Refund for My Pet’s Unused Medications?

For your pet’s protection, state and federal laws do not permit pharmacies to resell, restock, or redistribute prescription products if they have been returned after the sale, even if they are unopened. Once a prescription medication leaves the pharmacy, the efficacy, safety, and integrity of the medication cannot be guaranteed once returned. For this reason, pharmacies generally do not provide refunds for prescription medications.


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  • “Drug Disposal Information.” US Drug Enforcement Administration. DEA Diversion Control Division, 2019. Web. 17 Nov. 2019.
  • “Disposal of Unwanted Medications.” American Veterinary Medical Association. AVMA, n.d. Web. 17 Nov. 2019.

2019 Thanksgiving Hours and Shipping Schedule

VetRxDirect will be closed Thursday, November 28th for Thanksgiving Day.

Our pharmacy will have abbreviated hours and shipping schedules. While VetRxDirect.com is available 24 hours a day for online order placement, please pay particular attention to our hours and shipping schedule, especially if you rely on our pharmacy for insulin or other temperature-sensitive products.

 2019 Thanksgiving Pharmacy hours:

  • Thursday, November 28: CLOSED.
  • Friday, November 29: Open regular business hours 9:00 am – 5:00 pm CST.

2019 Thanksgiving Shipping Schedule:

  • Tuesday, November 26: Last day to ship temperature-sensitive orders this week*
  • Wednesday, November 27: No temperature sensitive orders will ship.
  • Thursday, November 28: CLOSED.
  • Friday, November 29: No temperature sensitive orders shipped.
  • Monday, December 2: Resume normal shipping policies.

*Prescription orders, including temperature-sensitive drugs, can only ship after approval from your veterinarian. Prescription authorization must be obtained before 3 PM CST to be shipped the same day. Please visit our website for more information. 

Please feel free to leave us a chat message or send us an email at info@vetrxdirect.com anytime. We’ll return your message during our next business hours.

On behalf of the VetRxDirect pharmacy team, Have a Happy Thanksgiving

Imuquin Immune Health for Dogs and Puppies

When an injury or illness strikes, the immune system is your dog’s first line of defense. The immune system is a complex system of antibodies, white blood cells, and biological processes that work non stop to fight off foreign substances and infections. identify, attack, and kill bacteria, viruses, worms, and other pathogens that can harm the body. But when the immune system is compromised, so is your dog’s health and his ability to heal. Common immune system stressors in dogs and cats are:

  • Heredity: Some dog breeds are genetically predisposed to weaker immune systems or having immunodeficiency disorders.
  • Illness and injury: If your pet has been injured, suffers from a health condition, or is recovering from surgery, their immune system is challenged. Certain medications, such as antibiotics and steroids, can also suppress the immune system.
  • Life changes: We all know how stressful an illness, moving, having a new baby – or even welcoming a new puppy to the family – can be. They can take an emotional and physical toll on our pets, too.
  • Life stage: Working dogs, very active pets, and older pets also have a higher risk of immune system problems.

When your dog’s immune system isn’t working properly it can put them at risk for illness and over time, may lead to lower quality of life and more serious health concerns. Regular veterinary visits will help catch health problems early on, including those associated with the immune system. Your veterinarian may also recommend a nutritional supplement to help support the immune system as the body heals.

Imuquin for Dogs at VetRXDirectImuquin for Dogs and Puppies

Imuquin is a supplement designed to help support a healthy immune system for dogs and puppies. The ingredients found in Imuquin may encourage normal function and responses of the immune system and immune cells. It contains Beta-glucan sourced from brewer’s yeast, marine lipids, and Omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA which may maintain normal inflammatory responses of the immune system. It also includes a blend of vitamins and minerals to support overall health. Immuquin Puppy is formulated to support dogs under the age of 6 months through growth and immune challenges. Imuquin is a powder that conveniently mixes with your dog’s food and is flavored with hydrolyzed chicken protein.