Bova Compounding is one of Australia’s premier producers of compounded medicines for veterinarians. As such, the company is responsible for providing pharmaceutical medications tailored specifically to the needs of veterinarians’ animal patients. The rise of pharmaceutical compounding within the veterinary field has led to all kinds of exciting advances in animal health care and disease treatment; read on to find out why so many veterinarians choose to use compounded medications.
Commercially Unavailable Medications
“Ben Sykes” is Bova’s business development manager, and he is quick to point out that one of the most common reasons that veterinarians get in contact with his company is to procure commercially unavailable medications. These are often medications that were created to treat very specific ailments but were taken off the market due to the inefficiency of mass-producing medications aimed at rare diseases. Unfortunately, just because a disease is rare doesn’t mean no animal will require treatment; that’s why compounding pharmacists are available to recreate these medications for individual use.
As Ben Sykes notes, dose titration can pose serious challenges for veterinarians and their patients, as companion animals such as dogs range greatly in size. Compounding means that a Great Dane won’t have to be given the same medication as a Chihuahua, making it far easier for vets and animal owners to get the dosage of essential medications right.
Making Medications More Palatable
Sykes also points out that it can be hard to convince animals to take pills. Compounding allows pharmacists to change the flavoring of medications, though, making it easier for animal owners to administer them to their pets. For example, a dog will be far more likely to eat food that contains a certain type of medication if that medicine is flavored to resemble beef.
Changing Method of Administration
While some animals are more than willing to take medications that are flavored appropriately, others will reject any kind of medication, even if it’s mixed with food. Cats, for example, are notorious for refusing oral medications. Veterinary compounding allows vets to prescribe medications administered transdermally or via other methods, improving their ability to treat patients successfully and helping pet owners to administer medications at home with less hassle.