Taking the time to learn about compounding medications is well worth it for pet owners and their pets. Understanding Veterinary Compounding empowers owners to advocate for their pets and discuss compounding possibilities with veterinarians. The term compounding simply refers to mixing ingredients to tailor-make prescription medications for unique needs. The practice has been done to some degree in medical science for decades.
A Brief History
Compounding was common practice before prescription drugs were manufactured in mass quantities. Doctors wrote prescriptions for patients who would then take them to an apothecary shop. The owner of the shop mixed up the ingredients right then and gave the medication to the patient.
The manufacturing of prescriptions became faster, easier, and more cost-effective. Compounding was relegated to use in unique situations. Treatments and medications have always been mixed individually for patients with allergies, intolerance, or those in need of specialized dosing.
Increasing Demand by Veterinarians
Many veterinarians, especially those in remote or rural areas, do not have access to the medications needed to treat a wide variety of pets, cattle, farm animals, and even zoo animals. The medications may be out of stock or discontinued altogether. Medications are discontinued by manufacturers when they fail to be profitable. Unfortunately, so animals still benefit from those medications. A compounding company can duplicate discontinued medications when needed.
Benefits to Pet Owners
Compounding is a solution to unique dosing needs. It is also a way to eliminate unwanted ingredients in medications, such as dyes, sugar, and preservatives. This can be essential for animals with allergies, chronic conditions, or intolerance to common ingredients like lactose. Pet owners can ask veterinarians about alternative administration formats when pets cannot or will not swallow pills, or have problems accepting liquids.
Owners can also advocate for the best care possible for their pets circumstances and preferences. Medications can be flavored to avoid the trauma of trying to get pets to take regular medications. If a pet was found at a shelter, it could have been abused in the past. Holding a dog down while trying to force its mouth open could be dangerous and stressful for both owner and pet.