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 you might receive yourself. You’re not alone. Today’s veterinarians realize that pet owners are very knowledgeable, and expect a more advanced level of care.
Why should you consider compounding as a solution for your pet’s medical problems? That can be answered with another question: how hard is it to get your cat to swallow a pill?
Trying to administer medication is not always easy. We prepare medications in easy-to-give flavored dosage form that animals devour. Tuna for cats, liver for dogs, banana or tutti fruitti for exotics.
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 growth in recent years offers valuable benefits to today’s pet owners. How did this come about? Well, animals often have variations of the same diseases humans can have. These diseases include skin rashes, eye and ear infections, heart conditions, cancer, and even diabetes. Medicating pets presents unique problems that often are best dealt with 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 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. Our compounding pharmacists are equipped to help them all!
A pet who refuses to take medication because of the taste presents the prime case 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, our compounding pharmacists prepare medicines in easy-to-give flavored dosage forms that animals happily devour, whether your pet is a cat, dog, bird, ferret, or snake.
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. That’s where compounding is especially helpful.
In 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.
Commercial animal medications may be available in only a single size or strength. For example, a commercially available tablet may be too large for a feline, but may be the right size for a horse. We create preparations that contain the most suitable dosage for your specific animal. The medication we make is much easier to administer, and many times, is much more economical. The active ingredient your pet needs can frequently be compounded into different forms, whichever is most appropriate for you and your pet or animal (oral, transdermal, otic, etc.). Various forms might include medicated chewable treats, liquid concentrates, ear drops, or dusting powders.
Have you thought about applying a transdermal cream to the inside of an animal’s ear, or another hairless area as an alternate route for systemic absorption? It’s quick and easy, and many pet medications are compatible with transdermal bases. This delivery mode is especially useful in the cases of animals that should avoid stress due to cardiovascular or hypertensive illness. What’s more, it’s particularly appreciated by owners, who don’t have to deal with animals resisting treatment, and the scratches that result from that process. At Davis Islands Pharmacy and Compounding Lab, we prepare topical medications for application at the site of inflammation or infection.
From time to time, a manufacturer may discontinue a veterinary medication. Often this is because it is not needed in the vast quantities necessary to make mass production cost-effective, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still animals that need it. And in many cases, the human preparation just isn’t the right option for animals.
When that medication has worked well for animals, a compounding pharmacist can prepare a prescription for the required therapy – and tailor the strength, dosage form, and flavor to that pet’s specific needs. Our compounding lab will obtain the necessary pharmaceutical-grade chemicals, and using advanced techniques, compound individualized dosage forms that may even be superior than the previously available commercial product for animals.
The ideal preparation for your pet or animal may require multiple different ingredients to treat for a variety of symptoms. A common example is when an animal has skin problems that don’t respond to single-ingredient medical preparations. At the same time, using three different medications coming in three different containers can be a mess and major inconvenience — not to mention costly. Our animal compounding experts can synthesize the needed concentrations of all three ingredients into one, easy-to-administer preparation, saving you time, aggravation, and money. What’s more, we find that many combination therapies work well in a single delivery by nebulizer.
In addition to customized medications, our compounding lab offers a variety of unique dispensing devices to simplify administration and improve compliance for pet meds. For example, oral and topical syringes provide a simple means of accurately measuring and administering medication, and are particularly useful when the dosage fluctuates. Accordion-like puffers are ideal for applying powder to difficult to reach areas like your animal’s ear canal. A dauber bottle is perfect for topical applications, like painting medication on a hoof. And sustained release dosage forms can be compounded to delivery the medication to your pet slowly over time.