Veterinary compounding refers to the customized preparation of veterinary medicines so that they better meet the needs of individual patients. Compounding should always be ordered by a veterinarian based on the best interests of the patient, and care should be taken to follow the guidelines of evidence-based medicine at all times. According to Dr. Ben Sykes, business development manager at Bova, compounding can benefit both pet owners and veterinarians.
Access To Medications That May Not Be Otherwise Available
In some cases, a drug manufacturer will discontinue a medication or will not offer it in a certain dosage. However, a compounding pharmacist can often access drugs that are not available from a manufacturer or are not typically available for veterinary purposes. This might include the use of a human-approved drug for veterinary purposes.
Ability To Meet An Animal’s Specific Needs
Veterinary compounding allows for very precise titration to match the dosage to the desired response in the animal. In other words, compounding allows the veterinarian to prescribe medicine precisely for an animal’s size and weight. For some conditions, it may be beneficial for an animal to take smaller and more frequent doses of a medication than what the manufacturer provides.
Ability To Combine Medications
In some cases, compounding is used to combine multiple drugs into a single dose. For example, if an animal needs more than one injectable medicine, it is simpler and kinder to combine them into a single injection. Single-dose combinations also increase compliance, since animals are often resistant to taking medicine in any form.
Ability To Change The Form Of A Medication
Many animals object to swallowing pills, making it very difficult for pet owners to give them the medicine they need. A compounding pharmacist can take a drug that is normally given orally and prepare it as a transdermal ointment that is much easier for the animal to tolerate. Compounding might also involve changing a pill to a liquid or even an ear drop.
Other benefits of compounding include adding flavors to make a medicine more palatable and removing a dye or other non-active component that the animal might be allergic to. Pet owners can talk to their veterinarians to learn further benefits of veterinary compounding.