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Prescription Compounding & Your Pet

As a pet owner, you want your pet to receive the highest quality veterinary care. You want them to have treatment as sophisticated and compassionate as your might receive. Today’s veterinarians realize that knowledgeable pet owners expect an advance level of care.

 

Why should you consider compounding as a solution for your pet’s medical problems? That can be answered with another questions:

HOW HARD IS IT TO GET YOUR CAT TO SWALLOW A PILL?

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 human diseases including skin rashes, eye and ear infections, heart conditions, cancer, and diabetes Medicating pets presents unique problems that are best remedied through compounding.

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 tricky with dogs – a dose of medication that works for an 80-pound Golden Retriever is far too much for a six-pound Yorkie; furthermore, large and exotic pets pose unique medication challenges. A compounding pharmacist is equipped to help them all: cats, dogs, horses, rabbits, birds, ferrets, reptiles, and even zoo animals!

The pet who refuses to take medication because of the taste is a prime candidate 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 gladly take it when it’s flavored with meat or part of a tasty biscuit or treat. Birds cannot take large volumes of liquid medication, but they will accept a small dose of a tasty, fruit-flavored concentrated solution. By working closely with your veterinarian, a compounding pharmacist can prepare medicines in easy-to-give flavored dosage forms that animals happily devour, whether your pet is a cat, dog, bird, ferret, or snake.