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Black Salve use on animals

10 February 2012

The APVMA advises Australian consumers against purchasing the unregistered veterinary chemical product called ‘Black Salve’. Consumers who intend purchasing this product for human use are also advised to note the recent advice (external site) posted on the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration website.

Black Salve has not been assessed by the APVMA and is therefore not currently registered for any use on animals—such as cats, dogs and horses.

The APVMA is currently making enquiries about the claims made in relation to this unregistered veterinary chemical product treatment. If you have used this product and have concerns please consult your veterinarian.

Purchasing and using unregistered veterinary chemical products for the treatment of serious conditions and diseases, including cancer, may pose immediate and significant health risks for your pets and animals.

Supply of unregistered veterinary chemical products is a serious offence.

Consumers are warned that use of unregistered veterinary chemical products may also generate offences under state ‘Control of Use’ legislation.

We encourage anyone with concerns to submit information about suspected breaches of agricultural and veterinary chemicals legislation.


The APVMA cannot give personal advice about individual animal health conditions or treatments. You are strongly encouraged to talk with a veterinary professional if you are concerned about a possible adverse reaction to a medicine or other treatment for your animals.

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