At Portico Pharmacy, We Love Your Dogs and Cats Too!

As part of your family, pets prefer medicine they don't have to hate

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He's not just your pet, he's part of your family.  As a pet owner, you want your pet to receive the highest quality veterinary care and the treatment that will have him feeling like his old self again.

Today’s veterinarians realize that pet owners are knowledgeable and expect a more advanced level of care for their dogs and cats.  Thanks to veterinary compounding taking care of your pets has never been easier.

Veterinary compounding – making medication a treat for your pet

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Anyone who has ever tried to give a pet, a cat especially, a pill knows the difficulty of this task!  Here's where the practice of pharmacy compounding is becoming a popular solution to veterinary problems. Compounding is the art and science of preparing customized medications for patients. Its resurgence in recent years extends valuable benefits to today’s pet owners.

Animals often have variations of the same diseases humans can have, including skin rashes, eye and ear infections, heart conditions, cancer, and diabetes. Medicating pets presents unique problems that often are best dealt with through compounding.

The Compounding Solution

As any pet owner is well aware, animals can be extremely difficult to treat with medications. Cats are notorious for refusing to swallow pills, and usually will eat right around one disguised in food.  Dosages can be very tricky with dogs – a dose of medication that works for an 80-pound Golden Retriever may be far too much for a six-pound Yorkie to handle.  Large and exotic pets pose many unique medication challenges. A compounding pharmacist is able to help them all!

  • Cats
  • Dogs
  • Horses
  • Rabbits
  • Birds
  • Ferrets
  • Reptiles
  • Even animals in zoos and aquariums

Flavored Medicine to the Rescue!

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The pet who refuses to take medication because of the taste is a prime candidate for compounded medication.  Cats don’t like pills, but they do like tuna.  Dogs don’t appreciate a traditional solution of medication being squirted into their mouth, but they’ll take it gladly when it’s flavored with meat or part of a tasty biscuit or treat.  Birds cannot take large volumes of liquid medication, but they will accept a small dose of a tasty, fruit-flavored, concentrated solution.  By working closely with your veterinarian, our compounding pharmacists at Portico Pharmacy can prepare medicines in easy-to-give flavored dosage forms that animals happily devour, whether your pet is a cat, dog, bird, ferret, or snake.

Compounded Medication Solves the Dosage Dilemma

Just like their owners, animals are individual and unique.  They come in all different shapes and sizes, and may be sensitive to ingredients like lactose.  As a result, not all commercially available medicines are appropriate for every pet. T hat’s where compounding is especially helpful.  In this situation, your veterinarian can prescribe a flavored liquid, treat, or other dosage form with the amount of medication that is exactly right for your pet’s size and condition.

Is the medicine you want no longer commercially available?  No Problem.

Just as with all medications, a manufacturer may discontinue a veterinary medication at any point in time. Often this is because it is not needed in the vast quantities necessary to make mass production cost-effective, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still some pets that need it.  When that medication has worked well for animals, and perhaps your pet in particular, a compounding pharmacist can prepare a prescription for the discontinued product and tailor the strength, dosage form, and flavor to your pet’s specific needs.

A caring veterinarian working closely with a compounding pharmacist can improve the health and happiness of your pet -- Ask your veterinarian or pharmacist about compounded medications today.