Veterinary medication therapy often poses unique challenges. Many medications can be compounded to help with administration and treatment of conditions in a variety of animals. Compounded preparations are always prepared from FDA-approved animal or human drugs. These preparations are prepared and evaluated in a manner consistent with current potency, purity and stability standards. Compounding pharmacies want to work with veterinarians to create specialized, effective formulations for their patients.
Depending on the animal and condition, various medications can be compounded into oral liquids, topical preparations, and animal treats.
Topical methimazole gel for treatment of hyperthyroidism
Phenobarbital and potassium bromide oral liquid for epilepsy
Methocarbamol suspension for rhabdomyolysis in horses
Antibiotic and antifungal liquid formulations for infections with appropriate flavoring to help with administration
Reviewed: July 23, 2014
Updated: June 10, 2016
Reviewed by Beth Bolt, RPh
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Managing Editor Anyssa Garza, PharmD