Your Pets Are Special. Why Not Give Them Customized Care?
A caring veterinarian working closely with a compounding pharmacist can improve the health and happiness of your pet.
Veterinary Compounding- making medication a treat for your pet.
The practice of pharmacy compounding is becoming a popular solution to veterinary problems. Compounding is the art and science of preparing customized medications for patients. Its resurgence in recent years extends valuable benefits to today’s pet owners. Animals often have variations of the same diseases humans can have, including skin rashes, eye and ear infections, heart conditions, cancer, and diabetes. Medicating pets present unique problems that often are best dealt with through compounding.
The Compounding Solution
As any pet owner is well aware, animals can be extremely difficult to treat with medications. Cats are notorious for refusing to swallow pills, and usually will eat right around one disguised in food. Dosages can be very tricky with dogs – a dose of medication that works for an 80-pound Golden Retriever may be too much for a six-pound Yorkie to handle. Large and exotic pets, such as horses, rabbits, birds, ferrets, and reptiles, pose many unique medication
challenges. A compounding pharmacist is equipped to help them all.
The pet who refuses to take medication because of the taste is a prime opportunity for compounding. Cats don’t like pills, but they do like tuna. Dogs don’t appreciate a traditional solution of medication being squirted into their mouth, but they’ll take it gladly when it’s flavored with meat or made part of a tasty treat. Birds cannot take large volumes of liquid medication, but the will accept a small dose of a tasty, fruit flavored, concentrated solution.
Solving Dosage Problems
Just like their owners, animals are individual and unique. They come in different shapes and sizes, and may be sensitive to ingredients like lactose. As a result, not all commercially available medicines are appropriate for every pet. this situation,
your veterinarian can prescribe a flavored liquid, treat, or other dosage form with the amount of medication that is exactly right for your pet’s size and condition.
Commercially Unavailable Medicine
From time to time, a manufacturer may discontinue a veterinary medication. Often this is because it is not need
ed in the vast quantities necessary to make mass production cost effective, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still some pets that need it. When that medication has worked will for animals, a compounding pharmacist can prepare a prescription for the discontinued product – and tailor the strength, dosage form, and flavor to that pet’s specific needs.