The need for pharmaceutical compounding is perhaps best illustrated by the use of customized medications for animals. Numerous hurdles exist to ensuring that an animal receives the treatment the veterinarian desires.
- Many of our animal patients are very small and require tiny doses of a drug.
- Some of the smaller animals for whom we compound medications include snakes, turtles, birds, ferrets, lizards, skunks, rabbits, and hedgehogs. (These animals usually require a dosage that is considerably less than what is commercially available for either humans or animals.)
- For more common pets, such as dogs and cats, a variety of commercially available veterinary medications do exist. Still, there is often a need or desire for medication that is not commercially produced.
Most medications come in the form of a capsule, tablet, or liquid that is flavored for humans. Many pets will not easily take a capsule or tablet, and most pets will not take a liquid that is flavored with humans in mind.
Working with a compounding pharmacy that is experienced in making medication for animals is an excellent way to solve the problems associated with giving your pet the proper medication.
At Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy, we have the ability to:
- Provide a wide variety of medications in the correct dosage and in the best-suited form for your pet.
- We routinely compound medications into flavored liquids that your pet will love.
- For dogs and cats - beef, chicken, liver, turkey, triple-fish
- For birds and rodents - apple, tutti-frutti, raspberry, peach, tropical punch, watermelon
Occasionally, pets require medicine that is extremely bitter tasting and almost impossible to deliver orally. In these cases, we can often incorporate the medicine into a transdermal gel that is applied to the animal’s ear and rubbed into the skin to be absorbed into the blood stream. Some examples of medications that we make available transdermally are Methimazole, Prednisolone, and Amitriptyline.
Another veterinary need often addressed through compounding is the preparation of sterile products. At Lee Silsby, we have a Class 100 certified clean room where sterile products can be safely compounded. Many Veterinarians ask us to prepare sterile ear drops, eye drops, and injectables (like B12) for their patients.
As with our human patients, we can also compound veterinary medications that are temporarily unavailable or have been discontinued due to lack of demand.
*Lee Silsby Compounded medications for animals are not for use in animals raised for human consumption.