During the course of their practice, veterinarians often encounter patients with specific requirements. Some animals may need a medication in a dosage that’s not readily available, while others may need a formula that’s easy to administer. Conventional drugs often don’t provide solutions to these problems, but veterinary compounding does. Read on to learn the basics of compounding for animals.
Veterinary Compounding: What Is It?
In veterinary compounding, a drug is changed in ways that make it better for the treatment of animals. Common changes include adjusting a drug’s dosage, adding flavors, concentrating or diluting a drug, and combining multiple drugs into a single dosage.
When Are Compounded Medications Necessary?
When drugs are approved for use on animals, they’re generally recommended because they’re safe. However, when an animal needs treatment and there’s no approved veterinary or human product available, the veterinarian can use compounded drugs to provide treatment. In most instances, …