Medicating is a part of life. If it wasn’t for medicine, we would have ten times the amount of health ailments than what we already have. While medicating is a necessary part of life, it isn’t always an enjoyable thing. From chewable pills for kids to nasal spray “shots” for the needlephobes, pharmacies have created easier and less painful ways for us to receive medication. This is known as pharmaceutical compounding. Pharmaceutical compounding is the creation of a particular pharmaceutical product to fit the needs of the patient. However, it just isn’t for humans, animals have to be medicated as well and just like humans, animals have their dislikes when it comes to medication. In this article, the pharmaceutical compounding of veterinary medicine, and its positive results, will be discussed.
What Veterinary Compounding Is and How It Can Help Animals
When veterinary medicine is compounded, it is tailored to the unique need an animal has that is receiving it. For example, a horse could be allergic to a particular ingredient and therefore, the allergen causing ingredient can be removed, and possibly replaced with another ingredient, and the horse will then be able to ingest the much needed medication. However, one of the most common forms of pharmaceutical compounding (whether for humans or animals), is flavoring. Yes, that’s right flavoring. Just like a bad tasting dish can turn you off from dinner, so can a bad tasting medication (especially of the liquid kind) can turn you off from taking your medication. Animals are no different and will refuse to take food or medication that doesn’t bode well with their taste buds, even more so than humans.
Flavored veterinary compounds can allow for a much more pleasing experience for both the pet and the pet owner. Flavoring medicine results in almost no struggle on the part of the pet owner to get their pet to take the medicine. There are a variety of flavors to choose from such as beef and tuna for cats and dogs to banana and apple for primates and birds. However, even though flavored veterinary compounds are a wonderful option for your picky pets there are a few guidelines to keep in mind when going for flavored veterinary compounds.
Trial and Error: Not all dogs like beef flavor and not all birds like apple flavor. Therefore, one must test various flavors of what their pet likes. Various flavors can be tested with samples from the compounding pharmacy to flavored pet food. If your cat doesn’t like seafood flavored pet food but absolutely loves chicken flavored pet food, there is a good chance the cat will like the same flavoring in veterinary compounds.
Legitimate Compounding Pharmacy: This is absolute key here. Just as you wouldn’t go to any old pharmacy for your health needs before finding out the reputation and licensure, you wouldn’t go to just any compounding pharmacy for your pet either. Check into the compounding pharmacy’s reputation, licensure of pharmacists, and if they follow guidelines of the FDA. You wouldn’t want to give your pet a liver flavored compound that is actually gasoline flavored now would you?
Insurance: While some insurance companies see pharmaceutical compounding as more of a cosmetic procedure based on the whim of the patient (and therefore, not covered), some see it as a much needed medical strategy to help the patient to receive the medication in the first place and therefore, cover it. Check with your insurance to see if they cover pharmaceutical compounding.
Dosage Format: Not only does the flavor of veterinary compounding help to make medication dosing easier for the pet, so can the type of format the medication is in. Just like children prefer chewable medication, pets may prefer a gel format that can be absorbed through the skin (pet belly rubs are always a win for cats and dogs) over a dissolving pill that could be just a little bit too much for a pet to swallow. What kind of format your pet prefers is also a trial and error endeavor.
If you feel flavored veterinary compounding is a great option for your pet, visit your local veterinary to receive more information and smart decisions for medicating your pets for veterinary compounding. If veterinary compounding is needed and approved by your local vet, you can end up with an enjoyable medicating experience for your pet and yourself.
This blog was provided by Monument Pharmacy, a Colorado pharmacy specializing in flavoring and compounding pharmaceuticals.