Veterinary Compounding


As a pet owner, you want only the best medical care for your pet. Sometimes, it seems, you want better care for your pet than you do for yourself.

As it is with humans, it is with pets. Custom-compounded medication is safer than manufactured compounded medication because with custom-compounded medication the patient, human or pet, receives only the required medication, in the required amounts, in the most convenient formation (solid, liquid, etc.), and nothing more.

A Valley View Drugs pharmacist can help your pets specific needs in the Orange County and Los Angeles areas.


Making Medication A Treat For Your Pet

Pharmaceutical compounding in veterinary medicine is the production of particular medication to meet the unique needs of an individual animal. Compounded medications are made from raw material allowing the pharmacist to use only the required amounts of the required substances. Pharmaceutical compounding is increasing in popularity as modern technology and innovative techniques allow more pharmacists to learn traditional compounding and practice customization of medication.


The Compounding Solution

As any pet owner is well aware, animals can be extremely difficult to treat with medications. Cats are notorious for refusing to swallow pills, and usually will eat right around one disguised in food. Dosages can be very tricky with dogs – a dose of medication that works for an 80-pound Golden Retriever may be far too much for a six-pound Yorkie to handle. Large and exotic pets pose many unique medication challenges. A compounding pharmacist is equipped to help them all. Even animals in zoos and aquariums!

  • Cats
  • Dogs
  • Horses
  • Rabbits
  • Birds
  • Ferrets
  • Reptiles

Flavored Medicine

The pet who refuses to take medication because of the taste is a prime opportunity for compounding. Cats don’t like pills, but they do like tuna. Dogs don’t appreciate a traditional solution of medication being squirted into their mouth, but they’ll take it gladly when it’s flavored with meat or part of a tasty biscuit or treat. Birds cannot take large volumes of liquid medication, but they will accept a small dose of a tasty, fruit-flavored, concentrated solution. By working closely with your veterinarian, a compounding pharmacist can prepare medicines in easy-to-give flavored dosage forms that animals happily devour, whether your pet is a cat, dog, bird, ferret, or snake.


Solving Dosage Problems

Just like their owners, animals are individual and unique. They come in different shapes and sizes, and may be sensitive to ingredients like lactose. As a result, not all commercially available medicines are appropriate for every pet. That’s where compounding is especially helpful. In this situation, your veterinarian can prescribe a flavored liquid, treat, or other dosage form with the amount of medication that is exactly right for your pet’s size and condition.

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Commercially Unavailable Medicine

From time to time, a manufacturer may discontinue a veterinary medication. Often this is because it is not needed in the vast quantities necessary to make mass production cost-effective, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still some pets that need it. When that medication has worked well for animals, a compounding pharmacist can prepare a prescription for the required therapy – and tailor the strength, dosage form, and flavor to that pet’s specific needs.