If you’ve got a pet with a long-term health condition that requires regular medication, you know how important it is to make sure your dog or cat takes the necessary medication as prescribed. But what do you do if your pet refuses to take a pill? Many pets, and especially cats, are notoriously difficult to pill even with a product such as a pet piller. Hiding the pill in a treat or Pill Pocket often works for a while until the pet learns to eat the treat and spit out the hidden medication.
One solution to consider is a compounded medication. What is a compounded medication? It’s the formulation of a medication into a different form that’s tailored to meet the specific needs of your pet. A compounded medication can make giving your pet’s medication as simple as giving a treat!
PetMeds Pharmacy Director Eddie Khoriaty says, “We are very excited to offer veterinary compounds which can eliminate medicinal taste making the medication more palatable, create an easily measurable dose for medications that are difficult to divide or measure, and can allow us to make certain medications for your pet that are not commercially available. Essentially, compounding is the art of meticulously combining various ingredients in a customizable fashion to meet the specific needs of each individual patient.”
PetMeds offers compounding on certain medications for the following needs:
– To provide a custom strength of a medication in a capsule, liquid, chewable tablet or transdermal form.
– In a flavored chewable tablet or liquid form designed to mask the bitter or unpleasant taste of the medication.
– Forms such as transdermal or flavored tablets or liquids that make it easier to dose hard-to-pill pets.
– Discontinued medications such as cisapride.
– To avoid a non-essential ingredient that your pet may be sensitive or allergic to.
Available pet-friendly flavors include tuna, salmon or chicken for cats and chicken, beef or bacon flavors for dogs. Just a few of the common medications that can be compounded include metronidazole, prednisolone, amitriptyline, doxycycline, enalapril, theophylline and many more. You can contact the PetMeds Customer Care team at 1-800-738-6337 to see if your pet’s medication is available in another form.