What are Compounded Pet Medications
Compounded medications are customised medication for patients
The goal of compounding is to help the patient along with the veterinarian or Doctor achieve the most positive therapeutic outcome.
Compounding is NOT manufacturing and the products prepared don’t replace an existing commercial product. Rather, compounding provides prescribers and patients with a tailored medication solution to meet a particular patient need or replicate a discontinued or unavailable product.
Compounding can help vets work around a number of challenges such as:
- Lack of approved medications for many species
- Discontinuation of medications traditionally used for humans but are still needed for animals
- Problems with the strengths of commercial medications or some of their ingredients
Compounding can also be a life saver for owners who have trouble administering medication to their pets.
Compounding medications can come in a variety of what are called “Dosage Forms.: i.e. Capsules, Pastes, Suspensions, Liquids.
Sometimes multiple medications can be combined into one dose which can be a great solution for pets which are on multiple medications a day for the long term.
Popular Dosage forms include:
- Oral Pastes – one of the best options for many animals from dogs to turtles
- Capsules – compounding can provide the right dose in the smallest possible capsule to promote acceptance by your pet
- Treats – using familiar flavours and textures like dry dog or cat food, dried liver, fish flakes etc. Some drugs can be turned into a treat treat for your pet.
Many of our pets who need long term medication are already enjoying the benefits of compounded medications.
If you’d like to know more about compounding, talk to your veterinarian and they’ll be able to advise whether compounding may be a suitable option for your pet.