Customized Medicine for Animals
The practice of pharmacy compounding is an innovative and growing ﬁeld for treating veterinary problems by extending customized medicine 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 presents unique challenges that often are best solved 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 have been known to eat around a pill disguised in food. Dosages can be very tricky with dogs – a dose of medication that works for an 80-pound Golden Retriever may be far too much for a six-pound Yorkie to handle. Large and exotic pets pose many unique medication challenges. We are equipped to help them all!
Benefits of Compounding for Animals:
- Custom strength medications
- Treat seizures, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, parasitic infections, appetite stimulation, etc.
- Anti-fungal inhalation for birds
- Hard-to-find medication for urinary incontinence
- Combination or fortified ophthalmic formulas
- Plus much, much more!
Add a Little Flavor to Their Medicine!
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 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 dosage forms that animals happily devour. We can also help animals find their medicine more appealing by adding popular flavors such as:
- Peanut Butter