Why Veterinarians Recommend Compounding Pharmacies for Pet Meds

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Why Veterinarians Recommend Compounding Pharmacies for Pet Meds

A recent study indicated that 94% of pet owners said that their pet made them smile at least once a day. We, humans, tend to develop a strong bond with our furry friends and usually love them like they are part of the family. That’s why when our animals need medication, we want to give them the best care possible. Below are three reasons why compounding a pet’s prescription can be the gold-standard in pet-care.

1) Some Inactive Ingredients in Manufactured Drugs can be Harmful to Pets

Have you ever dropped a grape or piece of dark chocolate on the ground and had to do a nosedive to retrieve it before your canine could gobble it up? That’s because we realize that some foods or chemicals that are perfectly safe for us humans to eat can be deadly to our pets. The same holds true for some inactive ingredients found in many manufactured drugs. 

For instance, xylitol, a common sweetener in manufactured medications, is FDA approved for human consumption but can cause liver damage in canines. Propylene glycol is another common medication ingredient that is fine for us people but can be deadly to cats. Having a pet’s prescription compounded ensures that every ingredient, active or otherwise, is safe and worry-free.

2) Compounding Makes Taking the Medication Easier on the Pet- and the Human

As anyone who has ever had to administer to their dog a tablet wrapped in cheese, dipped in peanut butter and stuffed into a hotdog only to find that same tablet five minutes later half-chewed on the ground knows, some animals just do not want to take their medication. The result is often frustration, wasted time and medication, and an ever-expanding cheese budget. Instead, let us compound your pet’s prescription into something we know they’ll love. We can make capsules, liquids, or gels specifically tailored to your pet’s species, route of administration preference, and taste. Compounding can mean the difference between a daily nightmare and a simple task.

3) Not All Drug Doses Come In Pet-size

Most medications are made in doses recommended for adult humans, and finding a strength suitable for our much smaller (or much larger!) pets can be difficult. Compounding pharmacies are able to make medications at the appropriate strength for your pet so that it can be administered in a reasonable dose 

(instead of, say, ⅗ of a tablet). We’ll eliminate the need for guesswork, equations, and tablet-cutting so your animal will get a consistent dose each time.

If you are experiencing trouble giving the correct dosage or correctly administering medicines to your pet, please talk to your veterinarian or contact one of our knowledgeable pharmacists. We are here to offer you solutions and to help you have a happy and healthy pet.

If you find yourself interested in the treatments mentioned or any other alternatives to treatments that may not be working for you, contact our experts at Community Clinical Pharmacy. We can answer all your questions and work towards formulating a solution that works for you. 

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