Veterinary Compounds are an amazing and highly valuable tool, as they are specifically designed to meet the unique needs of animals. Whether you’re treating a dog, a cat, or any other type of animal, veterinary compounds can provide the perfect solution. With these compounds, custom medications can be created that meet the exact needs of our animal patients. This makes it easy to provide the most effective treatment for each animal, as well as reduce the risk of side effects. Veterinary Compounds can also be extremely cost effective, as they can be tailored to the exact amount needed. This makes them a great choice and a great value for pet owners. With veterinary compounds, veterinarians and pet owners alike can rest assured that their pets are receiving the best treatment possible.
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Some veterinary patients may be prone to specific diseases due to factors such as genetics, breed predispositions, age, environment, and lifestyle. Understanding these factors can help in identifying the right compounded medication to manage or treat these conditions. Below are some examples of veterinary patients prone to certain diseases and the compounded medications that can help them.
Certain breeds of dogs and cats are predisposed to specific health conditions due to their genetics. For example:
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are prone to a heart condition called mitral valve disease. Medications like Pimobendan can be compounded to manage this condition.
- Persian cats are at a higher risk of developing polycystic kidney disease (PKD). Compounded medications like Amlodipine (for hypertension) and Famotidine (for gastric acid reduction) can help manage symptoms associated with kidney disease.
As pets age, they become more susceptible to certain diseases. For instance:
- Arthritis is a common age-related disease in both dogs and cats. Gabapentin and Tramadol are frequently compounded to manage chronic pain and inflammation associated with arthritis.
- Cognitive dysfunction syndrome affects senior dogs and cats, causing disorientation and behavioral changes. Compounded medications like Selegiline can help improve cognitive function and reduce symptoms
Environmental & Lifestyle Factors
Pets’ living conditions and lifestyle can also predispose them to specific health issues:
- Cats that live exclusively indoors are more likely to develop urinary tract issues such as feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD). Compounded medications like Prazosin can help relax the urethra and facilitate urination.
- Dogs exposed to ticks may contract Lyme disease. Compounded Doxycycline can be used to treat Lyme disease in dogs.
Special Needs & Sensitivities
Some pets have unique needs or sensitivities that make them prone to certain health problems:
- Pets with food or environmental allergies may develop skin conditions like atopic dermatitis. Compounded medications like Cyclosporine can help suppress the immune system’s overreaction and alleviate symptoms.
- Pets with immune-mediated diseases, like immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA), may require immunosuppressive medications such as compounded Azathioprine to manage their condition.
Commonly compounded medications for dogs
- Tramadol: Used as a pain reliever for dogs, Tramadol is often prescribed for chronic pain, post-operative pain, or cancer-related pain.
- Pimobendan: This medication is used to manage congestive heart failure in dogs by improving the heart’s ability to pump blood effectively.
- Apoquel (Oclacitinib): This medication is prescribed to manage itching and inflammation associated with allergic dermatitis and atopic dermatitis in dogs.
- Gabapentin: Gabapentin is used as a pain reliever and anti-seizure medication for dogs, helping manage chronic pain, neuropathic pain, or pain associated with cancer. It can also be used as a mild sedative for vet visits or other stressful situations.
- Phenobarbital: Commonly used to treat epilepsy in dogs, Phenobarbital is an anticonvulsant medication that helps manage seizures.
- Ketoconazole: This antifungal medication is used to treat various fungal infections in dogs, including yeast infections and ringworm.
- Metronidazole: Metronidazole is an antibiotic and antiprotozoal medication used to treat various gastrointestinal infections in dogs, such as Giardia or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
- Tetracycline: This antibiotic is used to treat various bacterial infections in dogs, including respiratory, urinary tract, and skin infections.
- Amantadine: Often used as an adjunct pain reliever, Amantadine is prescribed to manage chronic pain in dogs, particularly in cases of arthritis or cancer-related pain.
- Itraconazole: Another antifungal medication, Itraconazole is used to treat fungal infections such as blastomycosis, histoplasmosis, or aspergillosis in dogs.
Commonly compounded medications for cats
- Methimazole: Used to treat hyperthyroidism in cats, Methimazole reduces the production of thyroid hormones.
- Piroxicam: This nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) is prescribed for pain relief and reducing inflammation in cats, often for arthritis or cancer-related pain.
- Cisapride: Primarily used to treat gastrointestinal motility disorders in cats, Cisapride helps stimulate the movement of food through the digestive tract, particularly for cases of megacolon or constipation.
- Amlodipine: Administered for the treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension) in cats, Amlodipine is a calcium channel blocker that relaxes blood vessels, improving blood flow.
- Fluoxetine: As a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), Fluoxetine is prescribed for cats suffering from behavioral issues such as anxiety, aggression, or obsessive-compulsive behaviors like over-grooming.
- Metronidazole: This antibiotic and antiprotozoal medication is used to treat various gastrointestinal infections in cats, including Giardia and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
- Famotidine: As an H2 receptor antagonist, Famotidine reduces stomach acid production and is commonly used to treat and manage gastritis, esophagitis, and acid reflux in cats.
- Cyclosporine: An immunosuppressive drug, Cyclosporine is used to treat various immune-mediated diseases in cats, such as atopic dermatitis, eosinophilic granuloma complex, or autoimmune disorders.
- Gabapentin: Often used as a pain reliever and anti-seizure medication, Gabapentin can help manage chronic pain in cats, especially neuropathic pain or pain associated with cancer. It can also be used as a mild sedative for vet visits or other stressful situations.
- Enrofloxacin: A fluoroquinolone antibiotic, Enrofloxacin is used to treat bacterial infections in cats, including respiratory, urinary tract, and skin infections.