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Certain medications may be available only in human dosage forms inaccessible to the veterinarian, or exist only as bulk chemicals. Specific products which the veterinarian has used may no longer be available. More commonly problems arise in administration of the medication to the animal especially by the owner. The dosage strength of the commercially available product may be too much for a small cat, or require too many tablets to dose a horse reasonably.

The taste or flavor may be too disagreeable for the animal. The veterinarian needs to be aware of the ability of the compounding pharmacist to improve the dosage form, the devices that may ease administration of the drug, or alternative dosage routes and forms attainable through the compounding pharmacist.


Drug available only as a human product

  • Strength and dose not appropriate

Commercially unavailable products

Compounding pharmacist only source of chemical

  • Liquids, topicals, treats

Veterinarian's desire to customize drug therapy

Poor compliance or effect due to difficulty in administration

  • Oral administration of bitter drugs
  • Limited access to animal 

Potential vet needs

  • Flavoring dosage forms
  • Chocolate/peanut butter suspension for Hyperinsulinemia (high levels of insulin) in ferrets
  • Stool softener in beef flavored gelatin balls
  • Good tasting marshmallow, liver, beef, chicken, or fish flavored antibiotic suspensions
  • Custom strength medications for seizures, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, parasitic infections, appetite stimulation, etc.
  • Low dose, longer acting insulins
  • Inhalation therapy with ultrasonic nebulizers to treat kennel cough for dogs
  • Antidotes/treatments for accidental animal poisoning
  • Vitamins & tonics
  • NSAIDS (Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs) transdermally to avoid GI tract information
  • Anti-fungal inhalation for birds
  • Discontinued, combination, custom formulated products
  • Protective medicated coatings for wounds or stitches (which are difficult to lick off)
  • Transdermal, anti-inflammation gel for torn ligaments
  • Medication for urinary tract incontinence
  • Transdermal anti-motion sickness medicine which can be applied to outer ear surface
  • Concentrated solutions for birds & reptiles, matching the dose according to the animal's size 
  • Injections & liquids for metal toxicities 
  • Combination or fortified ophthalmic formulas 
  • Hairball remedy for cats
  • Custom shampoo to treat "rain-rot" a fungal infection in horses