Understanding Veterinary Compounding for Better Pet Health

Pet owners want the best for their furry or feathered members of the family. Grooming, exercising, interacting, and catering to pets becomes second nature after a short time. So does worrying about the pet when it is sick, injured, or afflicted. A visit to the veterinarian (vet), can ease some worry, but cause others.

Easing Anxiety

Learning what is wrong with pets will often set the owners minds at ease, especially if it is something that is one-hundred percent curable or treatable. Discovering the dog has a parasite is much better than spending time thinking the problem could be a disease. Making an appointment with the vet as soon as symptoms appear will save the pet from suffering longer, and will typically save money on medications or treatments by catching an illness early.

Causing New Anxiety

Finding out that the medication needed is discontinued, or needs to be administered at home three times a day brings about new anxiety. Is there a replacement medication? What if the pet refuses to take the medication? What happens if the pill will not spit in half for a small pet?

Compounding is the Answer

Do not panic over such concerns because this is how Understanding Veterinary Compounding will help you and the vet attend to the exact needs of the pet. Veterinary Compounding is the production of personalized prescription medications and treatments to address needs that are not satisfied by current available medications and treatments. It also allows for better dosing and less traumatic administration.


The demand for compounded medications in growing in veterinary medicine because of the benefits provided. One benefit is modified dosing. Drugs are often manufactured in large batches in doses that suit the needs of average sized pets. A small dog and a large dog with the same aliment, for example, are going to need different amounts of the same medication. Rather than guessing about how to split the pill to get the perfect dosing, the vet can have pills made that are much smaller for the tiny dog.

Medications can also be created to be accepted by the pet. It can be flavored, produced in a different mode of delivery, or formulated to cater to allergies or intolerance. Unwanted ingredients, such as dyes, sugar, or artificial preservatives, can be eliminated for the medication.