Compounding Overview
Drs. Foster & Smith Educational Staff

Overview
Compounding is a state-of-the-art pharmacy service that can open a new range of treatment options for your horse or pet. Our staff of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and veterinarians welcome your questions and look forward to working with you and your veterinarian to find the most effective formulation for your companion.

Compounding can allow your veterinarian to:

  • Create alternative dosage forms
  • Change dosages & strengths
  • Combine drugs or customize formulation
  • Compound discontinued drugs
  • Add species-specific flavors
Create alternative dosage forms
No longer are horse and pet owners and veterinarians limited by what's commercially available, because our licensed pharmacy staff has the technology and training to create the ideal alternative form of your pet's prescription medication. Choose from up to seven ways of making medicine time easier for both you and your horse or pet: Liquids, Chewables, Capsules, Concentrates, Ointments, Gels, or Animelts®. All of your choices help take the stress out of home health care and make medicines more appealing to your pet.

Change dosages & strengths
We will tailor the dosage of your prescription to match your pet or horses weight and metabolism. This is ideal if you are currently giving multiple pills to meet your pet's dosage requirement or if you need smaller dosages for cats or toy breeds. This method of compounding is also useful if your pet or horse is prescribed a medication typically found in only "human" dosage strengths.

Combine drugs or customize formulation
If your pet or horse is taking multiple medications to treat the same condition, consider consolidating multiple prescriptions into one. Our pharmacists have recently combined 2 blood pressure medications (a beta-blocker and an ace inhibitor) into one transdermal gel, and combined two bronchodilators and an antihistamine into a tasty chicken-flavored oral solution. Call our pharmacy to discuss your pet or horse's options for drug combinations.

Custom Compounding now available. Please call to discuss details

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How to Order:
Please call (800-381-7329, M-F 9-5 CST), or email our pharmacy to discuss your compounding options on your pet's next prescription. To learn how to get your prescription on file, please click here.


Compounding
Compound discontinued drugs
Some drugs are no longer available commercially, but are still the preferred treatments of many veterinarians. One example is DES, a synthetic nonsteroidal estrogen agent primarily prescribed in the treatment of bladder control problems in spayed female dogs. DES is no longer available commercially, but at the request of your veterinarian, our pharmacy can compound DES into several pet-friendly dosage forms, such as a flavored or unflavored capsule, flavored suspension, flavored concentrated oil, or a transdermal gel.

Add flavors
Make almost any orally-administered drug more inviting to any animal with great tastes like beef, peppermint, apple, peanut butter, chicken, tuna, or cheese. Ask about flavoring for your pet's next prescription.

Drs. Foster & Smith Pharmacy will only compound prescription medications on a per order basis in forms that are safe and effective for companion pets. Drs. Foster & Smith is not a manufacturer of prescription medications.