Expanding Veterinarians Treatment Options

Medicating a sick animal can be problematic. Giving a cat a pill can be a challenge, but as Rod Rice reports veterinarians can now offer pet owners more options thanks to compounding.

Compounding is when a pharmacist mixes drugs for specific situations. It was once the way most drugs were delivered and it has been making a come-back over the years.  Now Professional Compounding Centers of America is holding a seminar for veterinarians to demonstrate how compounding can expand their treatment options.

For example the cat and the pill problem.  PCCA's Chris Simmons says they've developed a trans-dermal way to administer medicine.

"It's almost like a liquid injection where they're going to rub it on the inside of the ear and it transports the medicine right into the systemic circulation for the animal."

That cuts down on the stress for both human and cat. Other options are to mix medications with a taste the animal likes. McCaw parrots for example like spicy hot things so medicine can be mixed with something hot so the bird eagerly eats the medication.

Simmons says it's a matter of a compound pharmacist working with a vet to find the right mixture.

"We go into the laboratory and create the formulation, and the right strength and the right flavor and the right volume to get the medication into the animal."

And it's not only about administering medicine.  There are no manufactured and licensed drugs for exotic animals so again the compounder and the vet make their own.

Veterinarians from around the country, Canada and Australia are attending the symposium at PCCA's laboratory on the southwest side.

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Rod Rice

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Rod Rice became fascinated with radio at an early age, while sitting on his Grandfather’s lap listening to his "programs" on the big Emerson Radio...