Medication For Your Pets

Take uncertainty out of your pets’ medical care

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Your Pets Are Special. Their Medication Should Be Too.

Pets are members of the family, and you want them to have medical treatment that’s as attentive and innovative as you expect for yourself. Today’s veterinarians understand this, and many rely on compounding as one way to deliver this advanced level of care.

Consider how hard it is to get your cat to swallow a pill, and you’ll start to understand the advantages of compounding for pets.

Veterinary Compounding

Compounding, or the preparation of customized medications, is an increasingly popular solution to veterinary problems, just as it’s become more prevalent in human use. When it comes to diseases like skin rashes, eye and ear infections, heart conditions, cancer, and diabetes, animals and humans have a lot in common. But giving pets medication presents a unique set of challenges – challenges that can often be addressed through compounding.

Problem, Meet Solution

Cats are notorious for refusing to swallow pills (you probably have the scratches to prove it), and they’ll usually eat right around one disguised in food. Dosages can be very tricky with dogs – a dose of medication that is therapeutic for an 80-pound Golden Retriever could be deadly for a six-pound Yorkie. Large and exotic pets, such as horses, rabbits, birds, ferrets, and reptiles, all pose a wide variety of different medication challenges. But the solution is often the same: veterinary compounding.

All Shapes And Sizes

Just like their owners, pets are unique. They come in different shapes and sizes, and may be sensitive to ingredients like lactose. It makes sense that commercially available medicines aren’t always appropriate for every pet. Enter compounding: your veterinarian can prescribe a flavored liquid, treat, or other dosage form with the exact right amount of the right ingredients for your pet.

In Good Taste

Compounding is ideal for pets that won’t take medication because of the taste. Cats don’t like pills, but they do like tuna. Dogs aren’t usually wild about medication being squirted into their mouth, but they’ll take it gladly when it’s meat-flavored or part of a tasty biscuit or treat. Birds can’t take large volumes of liquid medication, but they’ll open wide for a small dose of a tasty, fruit-flavored, concentrated solution.

A compounding pharmacist can work closely with your vet to prepare medicines in easy-to-give, flavored dosage forms that pets of all stripes will happily devour.

To Be Continued

From time to time, a manufacturer may discontinue a veterinary medication. It’s often because there’s not enough demand to make mass production cost effective, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still some pets that need it. When a medication that has worked well for your pet isn’t commercially available, a compounding pharmacist can prepare a prescription – and tailor the strength, dosage form, and flavor to meet your pets’ specific needs.

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Finding Veterinary Patient Solutions Is A Team Effort

Make Medicine Time A Treat

A caring health care provider working closely with a compounding pharmacist can help make medication administration easier for both you and your pet. Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist about compound medications today.