Veterinary Compounding

As a pet owner, you want your pet to receive the highest-quality veterinary medications. Veterinary compounding is the making of medicines that are specific for pets and other animals. Ease of administration, palatability, and the need for producing small or large dosage forms are a few reasons for compounding for animals.

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 Labrador may be far too much for a six-pound Chihuahua to handle. Large and exotic pets pose many unique medication challenges. A compounding pharmacist is equipped to help them all, including cats, dogs, horses, rabbits, birds, and reptiles.

At Millers, in addition to working with veterinarians who specialize in small animals we also have two areas of special expertise. We have pharmacists with special knowledge in equine medications and have the equipment needed to make these large dosage forms. We also have the equipment, knowledge, and experience needed to compound sterile ophthalmic preparations for all species.

Animals often have variations of the same diseases humans can have, including skin rashes, eye and ear infections, heart conditions, cancer, and diabetes. Medicating pets presents unique problems that often are best dealt with through compounding. Pharmacists who are specialized in veterinary compounding work with the veterinarians and pet owners to develop specific medications. Transdermal cream forms are one of the easiest ways to medicate pets. Chewable treats, flavored suspensions and capsules are other popular forms of compounded medication.

Just like their owners, animals are individual and unique. 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.