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Tips for Choosing a Veterinary Compounding Pharmacist for Your Pet

As the weather changes seasons, many of us experiences allergy symptoms that can be agonizing without being able to alleviate them with medications. What you may not realize is that your pets can suffer from seasonal allergies and other allergies as well, and they might have intolerance to traditional medications. In these cases, you’ll need a veterinary compounding pharmacist for your pet in order to help to determine the best remedy for them.

Why Choose a Veterinary Compounding Pharmacy at All?

Medications for pets are different than medications for people, but there are some similarities in the additives. They might include things like wheat, eggs, dairy, or soy that contribute to allergies. A veterinary compounding pharmacy can customize medications for your pet, without the unnecessary additives, so that you can be sure the treatments used to treat your pet won’t exacerbate any conditions or allergies they might have.

Research Carefully

You wouldn’t go to a doctor without doing a little research first and you shouldn’t choose a veterinary pharmacist without checking them out either. Choosing a veterinary compounding pharmacist requires a little effort, but is worth it to ensure the health of your pet. Ask how long they have been creating custom pet medications, if they have only done a few or if they have a lot of experience creating them, and read or ask for patient testimonials.

If your pet is showing symptoms of allergies, have them seen by a veterinarian, and ask if a custom compounded medication that is free of additives and unnecessary ingredients would be a good option. Then speak with a knowledgeable veterinary compounding pharmacist to learn more about what options are available.

Don’t Try this At Home

As you research about natural treatments for your pet, you may be tempted to try and treat your pet on your own at home, but this may not be safe. While there are some natural ways to help your pet, only a licensed pharmacist knows how to safely and effectively create medications tailored to your pet’s specific needs. Nora Apothecary is one such veterinary compounding pharmacy with the experience and knowledge you need to get the superior service your pet deserves. Call to find out more today.

Specialty Meds for Your Pet

Your pet’s health is important and your veterinary compounding pharmacy knows how important your pet is to you. If you’ve ever had to fill a prescription for your non-human family member, you may have had difficulty getting them to take their medicine. How many times did you have to hide the pill in a treat or try to pop or push the pill to the back of their throat hoping to get them to swallow on the first try? What if your pet is more exotic and pills aren’t an option?

Does giving meds to your pet fill you with a sense of dread?

Yes, it can be as exhausting as trying to give medicine to a child, but even more so with an animal because they can often smell the medicine as soon as you take the cap off the bottle. Whether you have a cat that leaves you scratched, and you’re exhausted from trying to catch them or coax them to come out from behind the sofa, or have a dog that has a mystical ability to spit out a half disintegrated pill coated in drool, you know you hate giving meds about as much as they hate taking them.

A compounding pharmacist is likely to be very helpful with special compounds to make giving medicine less stressful for you and your pet. Pet prescriptions can often be made into different forms such as flavored treats, topical creams, or liquids. You should discuss these options with your vet during the office visit.

Why should you consider a compound pharmacist for your pet?

Each pet is unique and responds to medications and medication forms differently. What works for one may not work for another. Also, if you have a less-than-common pet like a snake, it will require more specialized care. The point of medication compounding is to create a specific medicine unique to the patient. It is important to work with a pharmacist who is trained and experienced in the art of compounding pharmaceuticals. It is always best to go to a pharmacy that only specializes in the unique art of compounding medication.

Your vet and the veterinary pharmacy working together

What good is a medication if your pet won’t take it? Knowing that there are options available is the first step in keeping your pet healthy.  Discuss changing the medication form or delivery method with your veterinarian to find one that ensures your pet will take its medicine properly.  Your veterinarian can then work directly with the compounding pharmacist to ensure that your pet’s medical needs are met.

Your compounding pharmacist in Indianapolis

Nora Apothecary was established in 1962 and has been serving as a compounding pharmacy in the Indianapolis area ever since. We work hand in hand with your veterinarian to bring quality pet pharmaceuticals to you and your pets, and when an individualized patient-specific compound is needed, we meet those needs with knowledge and experience.

Can Your Pet Benefit from a Veterinary Compounding Pharmacy?

Custom compounding, the art of creating custom, tailor-made medications for people, has been used by doctors and pharmacies for decades to treat human patients. However, most people probably don’t think about veterinary medications when they think about custom compounding.

However, pets are also in need of custom compounding of medications. Why? Because just like humans, a one-size-fits-all approach to treating animals does not work. They are all unique with different risk factors, needs, dosages, etc. For example, the needs of a Toy Poodle are much different than those of a Great Dane, and mass-produced medications won’t meet the needs of both equally.

There are many reasons that a pet owner, and their pet, can benefit from a veterinary compounding pharmacist.

The pet is allergic to a common ingredient.

When dealing with a pet allergic to gluten, dairy, or any other common ingredient, it may be difficult to find mass-produced medications that are free of the troublesome ingredient. A veterinary compounding pharmacist can help to create a medication with the active ingredients the pet, needs but without the added fillers and allergens.

The pet has a difficult time taking medications.

A veterinarian may prescribe pills for your pet, but the animal simply won’t swallow them, so an alternative option is needed. A compounding pharmacy can create the medication in other forms including treats, gels, and liquids, among others. Also, flavoring like fish or chicken can be added to make the medication more palatable for the pet.

The pet is rare or exotic.

Perhaps the pet is a gopher tortoise or sugar glider. Less common pets are harder to treat with mass produced medications. There are less options available that are tailored to that specific animal, and sometimes there are none at all. A compounding pharmacy can create and compound a medication specific to nearly any animal, no matter how rare.

Pets come in all sizes.

The dosage for a small dog most likely needs to be dialed down from the dosage for a large dog. It is important to be cautious about dosages with respect to the size of the animal. A compounding pharmacy tailor-makes the medication to make sure it is the appropriate dosage for the pet’s size and weight.

These are just a few examples of how a pet owner, and pets, can benefit from the services that a custom compounding pharmacy has to offer. One veterinary compounding pharmacy is Nora Apothecary. Nora Apothecary knows how important pets are in our lives. Pets are not just animals; they are family. As such, Nora Apothecary in Indiana offers top-quality products and personalized medication to help your pet get, and stay, healthy.