Pets & Animals

Understanding Different Types of Dog Skin Diseases

Skin conditions are one of the most troubling and common problems that bring pet owners in to see their vet. A professional has the necessary experience to diagnose, test and treat skin conditions for canine companions. Below is a common guide to dog skin diseases and conditions along with treatments.

Allergies

A very common cause of itchy skin is allergies. These fall into three categories: fleas, environment, and food. Dogs that have an actual flea allergy are hypersensitive. One bite is enough to trigger a bout of chewing and scratching. There is no doubt, fleas can be hard to manage since it requires treating all of the pets in a household along with the environment they are in. Environmental allergies are those that are inhaled or absorbed directly through the skin. Last, food allergies are less common and a strict elimination in the diet is the only answer.

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Benefits of Understanding Veterinary Compounding for Pet Owners

Taking the time to learn about compounding medications is well worth it for pet owners and their pets. Understanding Veterinary Compounding empowers owners to advocate for their pets and discuss compounding possibilities with veterinarians. The term compounding simply refers to mixing ingredients to tailor-make prescription medications for unique needs. The practice has been done to some degree in medical science for decades.

A Brief History

Compounding was common practice before prescription drugs were manufactured in mass quantities. Doctors wrote prescriptions for patients who would then take them to an apothecary shop. The owner of the shop mixed up the ingredients right then and gave the medication to the patient.

The manufacturing of prescriptions became faster, easier, and more cost-effective. Compounding was relegated to use in unique situations. Treatments and medications have always been mixed individually for patients with allergies, intolerance, or those in need of specialized dosing.

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The Importance of Understanding Veterinary Compounding

Compounding in medical terms is the customization of prescription medications. It is how medications were created before the mass production of drugs was possible. People would take a prescription to the apothecary shop where a trained pharmacist mixed the ingredients together while they waited. Once manufacturing became the norm, the practice was no longer popular.

How This Relates to Veterinary Medications Now

Compounding has enjoyed a resurgence over the past few decades as research and modern technology has made the practice more practical and cost-effective. This is beneficial to veterinarians (vets) because many do not have access to medications when necessary. Medications that are not profitable to the manufacturer are discontinued, and sometimes the medication is simply out of stock. Vets in remote and rural areas may not have access to most medications on a regular basis.

Veterinary compounding fills the gap when suitable alternatives are not available. Vets can …

Understanding Veterinary Compounding and Modern Uses

Compounding is mixing customized prescription medications and treatments when alternatives are not available. It is nothing new to medicine, but advances in technology have made the practice more versatile and cost-effective. Today, compounding is a new take on an “old school” method. Before medications were massed produced, pharmacists located in the apothecary shop would mix prescriptions as individuals arrived with a prescription.

Mass Production

The mass manufacturing and marketing of most prescription drugs became easier, faster, and cheaper. Compounding is still done, but only when a patient cannot use the available medications. It is used in some treatments, nuclear medicine procedures, and when a precise dose is needed. Compounding for veterinary uses is increasing in demand and providing a solution to many problems or special cases.

Prescription medications that are mass produced have limitations because they are made to accommodate common illnesses or conditions for average patients, both human and …

Why Nick Bova Founded a Veterinary Compounding Company

Animals deserve appropriate care, but providing it sometimes proves more difficult than might be hoped. Veterinarians and other caregivers face many types of challenges as they seek to keep animals healthy and happy throughout their lives.

Some of the most significant of these concern the administration or efficacy of medications. Where a human being might understand that accepting the bitterness of a certain pill is a small price to pay for its benefits, animals lack this ability. A medication designed to be given to large animals might also benefit small ones, but not be available, by default, in a suitable dosage or format.

Registered pharmacist Nick Bova sought to address these issues and others when he founded an eponymous company some years back. The veterinary compounding services that the business provides benefit animals and their owners in many significant ways.

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The Advantages of Compounding for Pet Owners

Most pet owners view their pets as members of the family. They are loved, cared for, fed healthy food and treats, and worried over just like human children. When pets are ill, injured, or suffering from a medical condition or disease, owners want the best care available from their veterinarians. They also seek customized solutions that will cater to pet preferences, consider past behaviors, and be effective quickly.

Veterinary Compounding

The practice of veterinary compounding will help fit the needs and preferences of both pets and owners. Compounding is the mixing of ingredients for prescription medications and treatments that are customized for individual animals. This offers many advantages to veterinarians, pets, and owners. Specialized care can be provided for most situations.

Dosing can be exact for the size and weight of the pet. Pills mass produced for medium and large breeds of dogs are not ideal for small breeds. Compounding …

Compounding for Pet Owners: Adapting Prescriptions for Safety and Effectiveness

Compounding is the process in which a pharmacist adapts a medication in some way in order to fill a customized veterinary prescription. Compounding for pet owners allows the medication to be available in a manner that is easier to administer or safer for the animal in question. Animal clinics now rely on pharmacies and laboratories that offer this service for many reasons.

Make it More Palatable

Medication is manufactured for effectiveness and not for taste. Unfortunately, it is impossible to explain to an animal that their health is reliant on them swallowing a foul-tasting substance. Compounding labs have the ability to add flavors animals love, like chicken or beef, to their medication. This makes it easier to administer and provides more assurance to the doctor and the owner that the animal will take a vital medication.

Adjust the Dosage

A tablet may not offer the exact amount of medication the …

Finding Whisper from a Homeless Pet with a Disease to a Leader at the Office

Sure, all cats are special in some way. But, Whisper is a little different. Whisper has come to be the defining veterinary cat with a great story. Whisper is friends with every animal that comes into the clinic, whether it’s a dog, a cat, or a hedgehog. Even if they are not interested in being her friend, she doesn’t care.

Finding Whisper

Her willingness to be loved by everyone (whether they like her or not) is not the defining aspect of her story. Whisper faced a dilemma that few have heard of but many cats suffer from. Whisper was first found at a shelter in Denver, CO. It is very likely that she never had any veterinary care before in her life, and it showed. From her straggled hair to her ill-colored skin, she had a number of issues. She had two ear infections and corneal scarring.

Gum Disease

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A Beacon for Fighting: How Whisper the Cat Survived a Massive Surgery and Total Life Change

Whisper is an inspiring example of fighting no matter what- and she’s not even a person. Whisper was found in a Denver, CO animal shelter, with battered whiskers, bad skin, and a massive dental issue. It was the latter point that made Whisper’s story particularly exceptional. When she was found, she had very few of her teeth remaining.

The Problem with Her Teeth

Whisper lives the high life now as a clinic cat with many friends. Many of her friends may argue differently (or bark). But, she is a popular local favorite, and her story began rough. Whisper was facing shockingly teeth degradation. She was dealing with feline resorption lesions. In short, it’s a disease not unlike gum disease in humans. Her teeth were eroding one by one, eventually burying into the jawline. It is stated that this disease is jaw-droppingly common. A Banfield report suggests that having the disease …

Whisper the Cat Survives the Complete Removal of Her Teeth

Whisper had a pretty rough go of it. Whisper was found in shambles in a Denver, CO animal shelter. For readers already crying from the very idea of a cold, sickly and wet cat covered in a towel, the story has a happy ending. Actually, Whisper’s problem with dental disease and many other ailments has a fantastic conclusion.

The path getting to that point was challenging. Whisper’s story is one for the ages, as she is currently one of the best clinic cat stories out there. She is an inspiriting example of perseverance.

Finding Whisper in a Shelter

When Whisper was found, she was suffering from a myriad number of ailments. The worst of these was feline resorption lesions. It is not unlike gum disease in humans. Basically, Whisper’s teeth were rotting out of her mouth. A cat without teeth is in bad shape, and she only had a few …