Veterinary Compounding Port Kennedy

Keeping your best friend healthy

It's becoming increasingly common for people and animals to have health needs that off-the-shelf prescription medicines cannot meet. This is where Veterinary Compounding is useful to customise medications and is the stepping stone to better health.

Veterinary compounding is even more important for treating animals because of the comparatively limited selection of medicines that are manufactured by pharmaceutical companies. Veterinary compounded medications are prescribed by doctors or veterinarians and mixed safely by trained compounding pharmacists.

The pharmacists at St Clair Pharmacy have studied chemical compatibilities and can safely prepare customised dosage forms. Because every patient is different and has different needs, customized, compounded medications are a vital part of quality medical care.

 Compounded medications are prescribed when a veterinarian determines the appropriate treatment is not otherwise available in the strength, dosage form, flavour or package size the veterinarian thinks is necessary for treatment. When your veterinarian orders a prescription from St Clair Pharmacy, a pharmacist formulates a medication that meets the individual needs of your pet.

What if my pet simply will not cooperate?

Don’t panic. You are not alone in this problem. In our experience, a pet who doesn’t want to take its medication is a common (but solvable) scenario. Firstly, it’s important to recognize the reason your pet refuses medication. The most common reasons pets have trouble cooperating are:

At St Clair, we understand these concerns, and so we use various innovative methods to address these issues. For oral medications, we let our patient “choose” from our extensive list of over 30 flavours. We also use non-bitter versions of active ingredients, and use flavour-masking methods in conjunction with flavouring to make medicine more pleasant. 

There are also alternative to the traditional pill or liquid. We can make treats, licking pastes, and even offer some medication in a topical cream. After consideration, your veterinarian will conclude if one of these dosage form options is suitable for your pet. As always, your veterinarian will make the final recommendation in regards to your pet’s treatment.

When is compounding necessary?

Veterinarians often prescribe compounded medications for reasons that include (but are not limited to) the following situations:

Compounding is extremely important to the veterinary community, which often requires different flavours, more dosages forms and more varied dosage strengths than commercially-prepared medications supply.