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Many people consider their pets as to be a big part of their families. For this reason, animal owners are more knowledgeable and expect the same level of care for their pets that they expect for themselves. Animals often have variations of the same diseases that humans do—skin rashes, eye and ear infections, heart conditions, cancer, diabetes and other endocrine conditions. Also like humans, every animal is unique and you want to make sure your animal is getting the best results from his/her medications and treatments. Compounded medications help the veterinarian treat your pet more efficiently and effectively.

Veterinary Compounding
Compounding is the art and science of preparing customized medications for patients. Compounding medications for your pet makes it easier to give him medicine and also lessens the possibility of under- or overdosing your animal. The amount of medication incorporated into the dose is formulated to match your veterinarian’s specific request. This eliminates the need to break or cut tablets into halves or quarters, or divide the contents of commercially available capsules in an attempt to achieve a specific dose. Customized dosing makes medication administration quick and accurate.

Veterinary compounding provides:
•Customized dosages and strengths of medications
•Flavored medications (your pet will think he’s getting a treat!)
•Alternative dosage forms
•Medications no longer made by manufacturers but your pet still needs
•Medications only commercially available in human dosages
•Multiple medications combined into a single dosage form

Each species is different. The way cats process medications is different from dogs, which is different from horses or birds. Compounding veterinary medications makes dosages that are most beneficial and effective for your animal. The dosage forms used for different species also varies. Cats usually will not swallow pills and they will probably eat around medicine hidden in their food. For these finicky animals, medications can be applied as a cream or gel to their ear; the medicine will naturally absorb through the skin within a few minutes. Dogs are also tricky animals to medicate. They usually won’t like a medicine that is dropped into their mouth. However, they will accept it if it looks and smells like a meat or peanut butter flavored treat, even if it’s being squirted into their mouth.

How can the Medicine Shoppe help you?
Your animal is unique and an important part of your family. By customizing methods of delivery, dosage, strength, and taste of your pet’s medication, we can help avoid problems and make medications easier to give. By making medications appealing to both you and your pet, giving your animal medicine will no longer be a battle.

Compounded prescriptions are hand-made based on the animal’s size, weight, dosage, and flavor preference. Most common veterinary prescriptions can be formulated into oral suspensions or solutions, but we can also provide medications in treats, pastes, creams, and capsules. Working closely with you and your veterinarian, we can adjust the medication to achieve the most appropriate dose for your pet.

With each compounded prescription, we provide detailed education about your pet’s medication—how it works, why it was prescribed, how to give it to your pet, how to store it, and other important information. We can also offer tips and tricks to make giving medicine easier. If you have questions regarding your compounded prescription, please call one of our pharmacists.

Resources for Animal Owners
1.Professional Compounding Centers of America (PCCA): Compounding for Veterinarians & Animal Owners. Available from:

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