From an owner’s perspective
The vet’s prescribed these pills to give to Fluffy the cat and the instructions were to give it to her twice daily for 7 days. Just pop the pill in he said. You do and Fluffy spits it out even though you’ve clamped her mouth shut. You try again and by this time the coating of the pill is mush and Fluffy is starting to froth and runs away and scratches you when you try again. The next time you try to hide it in her food and would you believe she ate all around the pill and left the pill in the food bowl still intact? Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to give her the pill in tuna or liver flavor so she just eats it with gusto? It can be done.
What about a Liver or chicken flavored Dog treat that your dog will just chew up with no hassles. The possibilities are endless!!
From a Veterinarians perspective
How often have you had to cut those large pills into quarters just because the pills manufactured were done with the ‘average’ dog in mind? Are they exactly equal in size? How often have you had owners complain that their cats have started foaming in the mouth because of the bitter pills that you’ve prescribed and they aren’t sure how much it actually received because some of it got spat out? Wouldn’t you love to have a transdermal option for some drugs that are required for patients with chronic conditions? Owner compliance is the biggest reason why ‘treatment’ of the animal just doesn’t meet the standards required for optimal animal health.
When Heartgard first came out with the tablets how hard was it to ensure that owners gave their pets the drug? How many owners use the tablets now that the beef flavored chewables have come out? From a veterinarian’s perspective, anything that will increase owner compliance will inevitably make your job much easier.
What can we do?
Our laboratory can formulate special dosage forms of drugs to meet the unique needs of pets, exotics and zoo animals and to help the veterinarian solve problems for patients with special medication needs. Additionally, we recognize the need for therapeutic improvisation which has long been a fact of life for veterinarians. Some of the services that our laboratory provides include:
We know how finicky animals can be when it comes to their diet. The same problem often occurs when one tries to administer a medication to them. To help in such situations, our Compounding Laboratory can prepare medications in a flavored oral dose or transdermal dose can be customized for the animal. Fish flavored medications for cats and liver medications for dogs are readily available. We can prepare pina colada or banana flavored medications for exotic birds.
Customized Medication Dosages:
Often commercially available animal medications come in only one dosage or strength. In order to properly medicate small animals, a reduced dose often must be given. This can be a problem and a potential source of either over or under medicating, if the needed drug only comes in a solid form. Our Compounding Laboratory can provide the exact amount of medication per dose needed to treat smaller animals. Conversely, we can provide larger than commercially available strengths of medications and can format them into single doses.
Medications No Longer Available:
Frequently, drug manufacturers will discontinue the production of medications and dosage forms because of low demand and, hence, decrease profit. However, often there is still a need for these products. When a veterinary formulation is not commercially available and there is no human preparation that can be used, we can help. Our laboratory can obtain the necessary pharmaceutical grade chemicals needed to compound individualized dosage forms that may even out perform the discontinued formulation.
Alternative Dosage Forms And Routes Of Administration:
At times, it is impossible to open an animal’s mouth in order to administer a needed medication. In such situations, our laboratory can concentrate a medication in a flavored gel that is then applied to the animal’s paw or fur and thus is administered by licking. Further, medications can be incorporated into rectal suppositories or they can be added to a specially compounded cream, gel or ointment for transdermal absorption.
Drug Combinations :
Some animal problems, such as skin disorders, are often best treated using a combination of several drugs. In order to avoid multiple dosing while achieving cost-savings, our laboratory can combine the needed concentrations of the required medications into a single, easy-to-use product.
What is available for veterinary compounding?
Sugar-free medications for diabetic pets Concentrated solutions
Transdermal gels as an alternative delivery system
Hard-to-find medications for urinary incontinence
Flavored antibiotic suspensions.
Anti-Seizure Liquids and Capsules
Anti – Fungal Suspensions
Motion sickness treatments
Transdermal Creams and Lotions
Chewable flavored troches
Oral suspensions and pastes
Individualized concentrated doses