All veterinarians have one thing in common. They want what is best for the animals in their care. Sometimes, though, it can be difficult to find the medications that these animals need in the correct doses.
That’s why it’s important for veterinarians to have a good grasp on pharmaceutical compounding. Pet owners may feel anxious at the suggestion that they utilize compounded medications to treat their animals, though. Read on to find out more about “Understanding Veterinary Compounding” to assuage those fears.
What is Compounding?
Pharmaceutical compounding is widely used in both human and animal medicine to formulate medications that are not widely available or that are not commercially available in appropriate doses or application methods. This allows pharmaceutical technicians to provide veterinarians with tailor-made drugs that can often provide a more suitable treatment alternative than those that are commercially available.
Commercially Unavailable Medications
It’s not infrequent for pet medications to be pulled from the market not because they are ineffective, but because they are used only rarely to treat very particular diseases and disorders and are thus not cost-effective to mass produce. When this happens, it can leave those pets that do require them in a bad position. Veterinary compounding allows these animals access to the medications they need, even if they are no longer available commercially.
Facilitate Easier Application
Cats, in particular, have developed a reputation for being difficult to medicate, but plenty of household pets and farm animals display hesitation regarding consuming pills orally. This can sometimes be addressed by creating medications that are more palatable to certain animals. In other cases, veterinary compounding can also be used to change the method of application so that medications do not have to be administered orally at all.
Household pets such as dogs come in a wide variety of sizes, so it can be extremely difficult to get the proper doses of the medications they need. Compounded drugs can be created in just about any dosage so that the exact same medication can be given to both a Great Dane and a Toy Poodle with no fear of over or under-medicating. This helps ensure that all household pets can get the drugs they need to tackle potentially serious medical issues.