Customized Solutions for our Furry Family
Pets are incredibly well loved. According to a 2015 Harris poll, 95% of owners think of their animal as a member of the family. About half even go as far as to buy them birthday presents. Considering the bond that we have with our furry family members, it’s understandable that, when animals become unwell and need medication, we want to give them the best care possible.
1) Inactive Ingredients in Commercial, Mass-Produced Drugs may be Harmful to Pets
Some foods or chemicals that are perfectly safe for us humans to eat can be deadly to our pets. A great example that is well known is the toxicity of chocolate in dogs, where it can cause serious reactions and even death. The same holds true for some inactive ingredients found in many manufactured drugs. For instance, xylitol, a common sweetener in manufactured medications, is FDA-approved for human consumption but can cause liver damage in canines. Propylene glycol is another common medication ingredient that is fine for us people but can be deadly to cats. Having a pet’s prescription compounded ensures that every ingredient, active or otherwise, is safe and worry-free.
2) Compounded Medication can be Easier on the Pet and the Human
The experience of administering medications to pets can be frustrating for both the pet and owner. Many pet owners are challenged attempting everything to get their animals to comply with prescribed medications, forcing their pets to take them or hiding pills in food. Oftentimes, they are left unsuccessful, and an enormous effort is needed to get them to ingest it.
Expert pharmacists at Town & Country Compounding can make capsules, liquids, or gels specifically tailored to your pet’s species, route of administration preference, and taste. Custom flavoring like chicken and others are delicious to animals. Compounding can mean the difference between a daily nightmare and a simple task.
3) Many Commercially Available Medications are not Appropriately Dosed for Animals
Many prescriptions are made in dosage strengths that are recommended for adult humans, and finding a strength suitable for our much smaller (or much larger!) animals can be very difficult. Compounding pharmacies like Town & Country Compounding are able to make medications at the appropriate strength for your pet so that it can be administered in a reasonable dose (instead of, say, ⅗ of a tablet). We’ll eliminate the need for guesswork, equations, and tablet-cutting so your animal will get a consistent dose each time.
If you are experiencing trouble giving the correct dosage or correctly administering medicines to your pet, please talk to your veterinarian or contact one of our knowledgeable pharmacists. We are here to offer you solutions and to help you have a happy and healthy pet.