Our pets are integral members of the family. Understandably, we want our pets to receive the same level of compassionate care from their physicians that we receive from ours. Part of this high standard of care is to ensure medications are prepared in a way that is suited to the individual animal.
If you wonder how pharmacy compounding could possibly be relevant to veterinary care, you only need to ask yourself how easy it is to get your pet to swallow a pill. Though it may be simple, at least once or twice, to trick a dog into eating medication in pill form, the same cannot be said for cats. And what about even more unique pets, like rabbits or snakes?
Compounding makes medication a treat rather than a threat
Compounding has been a form of medicine since ancient times. Today, pets as well as humans can benefit from this combination of science and art. Compounding, being the customization of medications for the individual, is just as beneficial for pets as it is for children and other members of your family. Animals may encounter many of the same types of problems as humans, such as ear and eye infections, skin rashes, diabetes, heart conditions, and even cancer. When a pet requires medication in a treatment plan, unique problems may arise.
As many pet owners know, treating animals with medication can be extremely challenging. Cats, especially, are known for their staunch refusal to accept medication in pill form, even if hidden in food. In dogs, dosage can be difficult to get just right. What may be appropriate for a twelve-pound Poodle will not necessarily work for an eighty-pound Shepherd. Likewise, exotic pets and large breeds have unique needs that may not be met with standardized prescriptions. Compounding can accommodate the needs of various pets!
Most animals are put off by certain tastes. This is a primary reason for compounding with veterinary care. A cat may refuse a pill, but welcome a tuna-flavored treat. Dogs are not often happy about being fed a liquid form of a standard flavored medication, but feel quite differently when this solution is meat-flavored or fed as a biscuit treat. Even birds often refuse liquid medications. A bird, however, will find a small, fruity treat more palatable.
Working closely together, your veterinarian and compounding pharmacist can prepare medicine in the right dose and acceptable form for your pet.
Handling discontinued medication
Just as in medicine for humans, certain veterinary medications may be discontinued, often when it is not economically viable to continue the mass production of a drug. If a medication is discontinued, that does not mean that your pet cannot still benefit from the needed therapy. A skilled compounding pharmacist, working with the prescribing veterinarian, can ensure that your pet continues to reap the benefits of the prescribed therapy.
We understand the importance of pets in the family. Your pets’ therapeutic needs are handled with care in our Newmarket pharmacy.