We all want the best possible result for your animals. We might be able to solve your medicine-time problems in the following ways:
Change the strength of a human medicine into the appropriate strength for your animal eg some cats with hypertension may be prescribed a human medicine called amlodipine. The human medicine comes in strengths of 5mg or 10mg but a cat may need as little as an eighth of the strength. Not only is it a nightmare to prepare, it is not very accurate. If this sounds like something you are up against, ask your vet to write a prescription for a compounded medicine at the strength your pet needs. We can compound the medicine into a very small capsule, or a pleasant tasting oil suspension.
Prepare mixtures for your pet without additives that might cause them harm eg some dogs who suffer from seizures may be prescribed a drug called gabapentin. This is also available as a human medicine in both capsules and a mixture. Unfortunately, the mixture contains a sweetener called xylitol, the same sweetener that is found in some chewing gums. Unfortunately, xylitol can be toxic when given to dogs. In this case, we can prepare a mixture for your dog without xylitol, or even a small capsule in the correct strength
Have access to some medicines which are no longer commercially available in Australia eg one example of this is a medicine called cisapride which is sometimes prescribed for cats who suffer from a condition known as megacolon. Several years ago, cisapride was available as a human medicine, but caused problems in humans and was withdrawn from the market. However, there are no such complications in cats and they respond well to treatment. If your vet prescribes this medicine for your cat , we will be able to prepare this in a tiny capsule or pleasant tasting mixture
Prepare some medicines in a transdermal cream. What does that even mean? Pet owners are familiar with “spot-on” treatments used for flea and tick prevention. Not all, but some other every day, long term medicines may be suitable to be prepared in a special cream base that can be applied once or twice daily to the animals ear. This is particularly helpful with cats that get cranky and turn medicine time into fight time. Much easier to sit on the lounge with your cat and massage an easily measured dose of cream into their ear. One of the most common medicines prepared in this way is called methimazole and is regularly prescribed for cats with thyroid imbalances.
Tips for giving Oral Medications to your Cat
♦ Speed and dexterity are often necessary
♦ It is recommended that you trim the cat’s nails before giving the medicine
♦ Liquid up to 10mL can be given between the teeth and the cheek wall with an eye dropper or syringe
If you have problems giving your animal its medicine, or haven’t been able to get the medicine your Vet has prescribed, call or email us – see Contact Us.
We express post most compounded medicines throughout Australia.
You can have confidence in the products we compound. We are one of the few Compounding Pharmacies in Australia to have achieved the PCCA tick of approval for meeting the PCCA compounding standards.