How Compound Medicines Improve Pet Health Sarasota
Our pets today are beloved members of the family, so when they are not doing well we want to do everything we can to make them better. But anyone who has a dog or a cat knows how difficult it can be to care for a sick animal. Prep pharmacies have solutions for this and other difficulties that can arise when it comes to pet medication.
Dr Stephanie Lantry, a veterinarian at the Gulf Gate Animal Medical Clinic, explains that pets most often need medication for itchy skin and ears, as well as digestive issues. Attempting to give pills to animals, especially cats and small dogs, often causes problems and causes animals not to receive the medication they need.
Although compound drugs may cost more than their commercially available counterparts, most pet insurance plans will cover the drug if it is not related to a pre-existing condition. In addition, a larger supply sometimes reduces the price per day of the drug.
One of the advantages of compound medications is that they can be turned into alternative applications which are often much easier than pilling your pet. These include transdermal creams that are administered by rubbing onto the ears and liquid formulas that you can mix with your pet’s food or season to please your pet’s taste buds.
Transdermal medications work especially well for fussy cats. “Even though the absorption rate is lower than it would be with a pill, it’s better than none at all,” says Dr. Lantry.
In fact, she says the life of one of her feline patients was saved thanks to a cream version of her thyroid medication. After trying and failing to feed her cat special food and give her pills for her overactive thyroid condition, the owner thought she should put her cat to sleep. Dr Lantry prescribed transdermal medication which the owner rubs into the cat’s ears every day.
“The cat is still alive after three years,” says Dr. Lantry. “It really made a difference between life and death.”
Another main reason compound drugs are prescribed for pets is the lack of availability, either because they are completely off the market or out of stock. For small dogs, the standard doses may just be too much for them, but with the preparation, the drugs can be turned into any strength.
“We will do our best to go the extra mile to find the best option so that it is not a daily struggle and the animal can receive the medication it needs,” said Dr Lantry.