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Pet owners understand all too well the struggles that come with trying to give pets medications. That’s why pharmacy compounding is a common practice in veterinary medicine because it provides unique dosage forms to different animals.
Here at Pioneer Health Center, we don’t just treat people, we also make compounded medications for pets. In fact, many of our pharmacy patients are cats and dogs, and we have also made medications for ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, and even the occasional iguana. Due to the uniqueness of each animal, as with humans, we can offer multiple forms and strengths of many medications to best suit each pet and ensure a successful treatment protocol.
How Animal Medications are Compounded
We can compound medications in the form of pills, suspensions, and transdermal creams. Depending on your pet’s unique characteristics and preferences, we help pet owners determine which method of delivery will be most appropriate for their pets. A common and very effective procedure is applying transdermal creams to finger cots (which we provide) to one’s own finger and applying a given amount of cream to the inner ear flap of the animal.
One of our most popular veterinary medications is Methimazole, a thyroid medication for cats typically administered via the mouth. We are also able to compound this medication into a cream that can be applied to the ear with little to no discomfort to a finicky cat.
We can also compound various suspensions with a choice of flavor, such as beef, chicken, or tuna to make medications less distasteful for your pet (because animals are really good at sniffing them out!).
We’ve found great success in medication adherence simply by altering the route of administration or the flavor of medication. We love working with pet owners to create a successful delivery mechanism so their pet can feel their best sooner. Nothing is worse than trying to force a pill down your cat’s throat or watching your dog pick out a pill from their food and continue to stay sick.
Common Conditions for Compounded Medications
Like with humans, there are many health conditions that can be addressed on an individualized level simply by compounding it. As we explain in this post, pharmacy compounding makes it possible for a medication to be completely customized to meet an individual’s needs. We’ve seen over the decades this accelerate progress and even recovery.
Here are some of the most common conditions we compound animal medications for:
- Behavioral problems, separation anxiety, aggression, and anxiety in cats and dogs
- Inflammation and pain
- Thyroid problems in cats
- Digestive issues in dogs and cats
- Kidney disease in cats
- Certain tumors
- Bacterial infections and Lyme disease
- Seizures in dogs
- Hypertension and high blood pressure in dogs
- Heart conditions in dogs, cats, and ferrets
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBS) and some types of colitis in dogs and cats
- Symptoms of Cushing’s disease
- Low appetite in dogs and cats
- Stomach ulcers and excessive production of stomach acid
- Compulsive disorders
For more information on compounding animal medications or to inquire about working with us, contact us here or give our compounding pharmacy a call at 860-979-0089.