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Compounding Pharmacies Are for Pets Too! 

Have you ever tried to force a pill down your saber-toothed cat’s gullet? Did you wonder, as you struggled, why the medicine was a pill rather than a syringe full of tuna-flavored liquid? It would be so much easier!

You’re not wrong.

As pet owners ourselves, we’re all too aware of how hard it can be to get our favorite felines or canines to take medicine. Sometimes it comes down to flavor, other times it’s the prescribed style of delivery such as pills or ear drops. 

Our pharmacy offers compounding for your pets. Simply put, we consider it a necessity to offer this service to our clients.  And we’re here to answer a few common questions about medications, specifically compounding medicines and what they mean for you and your pet. 

What Is Compounding? 

Compounding at its most basic is when a pharmacy manipulates an FDA-approved drug in any way to utilize it in an off-label, yet still legal, manner. 

That could be something as simple as adding flavoring, changing the concentration through dilution, or altering the delivery mechanism. It’s often done with drugs not originally normally meant for cats or dogs, but which have been prescribed for animal use. 

An example would be taking a pill form of a drug, crushing it into a powder, and then putting it in a liquid suspension to give to your cat. 

Added flavoring can make the liquid suspension more palatable, such as antibiotics flavored with chicken or tuna. 

Other examples might include mixing two drugs into one injectable syringe, making medication normally only available in pill form into an injectable solution, gel that can be absorbed through the skin, or liquid meant to be inserted into the ear. 

What Do I Need to Know about Compounding, and How Do I Get Compounded Medications for My Pet?

Compounded medications are prescribed by your veterinarian. They still have the same risks as most drugs. Compounded medicines haven’t been tested by the FDA in their compounded form, and any new concentrations aren’t tested in a lab. 

For example, a pill is stable and evenly distributed, while a crushed pill in a suspension might settle and needs to be shaken up to spread it out inside the liquid. 

Compounded medications are a good choice when an animal is suffering. If you’re opting for a compounded drug, that’s going to be a good route for you as indicated by your veterinarian—because of your pet’s condition or to alleviate their suffering. 

Still Unsure about Compounds?

To assuage any fears, know that the FDA still has regulations and rules when it comes to compounded medications. We follow all their guidelines to make sure that we adhere to state and federal law as well as the policies outlined by the FDA. 

One of these rules is that all compounded medications are made only with modified versions of FDA-approved medications. That means all drugs that we use to make a compound have been through rigorous testing. These have only been crushed, had a flavor added, or been modified from their original form. 

We never use new drugs that haven’t been tested or given FDA approval. 

At Medicap, we’re pleased to offer this compounding service for our clients and their pet companions. If you have questions or other concerns, please give us a call or come by our location.