Most pet owners view their pets as members of the family. They are loved, cared for, fed healthy food and treats, and worried over just like human children. When pets are ill, injured, or suffering from a medical condition or disease, owners want the best care available from their veterinarians. They also seek customized solutions that will cater to pet preferences, consider past behaviors, and be effective quickly.
The practice of veterinary compounding will help fit the needs and preferences of both pets and owners. Compounding is the mixing of ingredients for prescription medications and treatments that are customized for individual animals. This offers many advantages to veterinarians, pets, and owners. Specialized care can be provided for most situations.
Dosing can be exact for the size and weight of the pet. Pills mass produced for medium and large breeds of dogs are not ideal for small breeds. Compounding the medication to a smaller size makes it easier for smaller dogs to swallow and digest. That eliminates the need for owners to split pills in half, dilute liquids, or measure powders. Any pet owner who has had to try to split pills exactly in half will definitely appreciate this advantage.
Another advantage of Compounding for pet owners is the possibility of alternative medication delivery. A dog with a nervous disposition may have trouble taking medications orally. The result can be only some of the dose being ingested, vomiting may occur, and the dog can be stressed out. A liquid medication, or one that can be made into a cream for the skin, will be much easier for owners to administer.
Medication can also be flavored to appeal to pets. Cats may be more receptive to an oral medication if it tastes like tuna. Birds will not hesitate to accept a fruit-flavored treat, and reptiles are more likely to devour medications that smell like live rodents.
Excluding Unhealthy Ingredients
Many mass-produced medications contain artificial ingredients, preservatives, large amounts of sugar, or dyes. This can exacerbate allergies, respiratory conditions, or even skin rashes. Pet owners can discuss compounding with veterinarians to get medications that are all-natural, have little to no sugar, and will be healthier for the animal.