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Veterinary Compounding

Veterinary Compounding at Allen's PharmaServ

Veterinary Compounding

We understand that pets are family too! 

Ask our “problem solvers” for helpful ideas at Allen's PharmaServ we are here to help you and your pets.!  We will work together with you and your veterinarian to help every member of your family!   Proper preparation of topical medications requires the use of chemicals and specialized equipment that are not available in most pharmacies.  Allen’s PharmaServ has the knowledge and equipment to meet the needs of your furry and feathered friends.  

Compounding is mixing, diluting, concentrating, flavoring, or changing a drug's dosage form and for our pets should only be compounded based on a licensed veterinarian's prescription, and to meet the medical needs of a specific patient. Examples of compounding include:

  • Mixing two injectable drugs in the same syringe
  • Creating an oral suspension from crushed tablets or an injectable solution
  • Adding flavoring to a commercially available drug
  • Creating a skin-penetrating gel for a drug typically taken through other means
  • Mixing two solutions for instilling into the ear

Compounded medications differ from the manufactured, FDA-approved ones supplied by supplier or pharmacy.  Common examples of appropriate compounding in veterinary practice are mixing two injectable drugs, preparing an oral paste or suspension from crushed tablets or adding flavoring to a drug.

Compounding to Flavor

Our compounding professionals at Allen’s PharmaServ can flavor medications to please your furry friends whether is a cat, cockatoo or a kangaroo! But, we can also make preparations taste bad when necessary. For example, we can formulate topical sprays, creams and gels that have been approved by the FDA as a food additive, but that has an extremely bitter taste.

Our compounding professionals can also prepare a topical “anti-lick” spray with a hot pepper and/or bitter taste that animals do not like. Once an animal licks an area that has been sprayed, he is unlikely to lick the area again.

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Medically Necessary

Compounding for our animal family members is usually necessary when an animal is suffering from a medical condition and there is no FDA-approved human or veterinary product available. The decision to use a compounded preparation must be medically necessary and made within the confines of a veterinarian-client-patient-relationship and only a veterinarian can prescribe a compounded medication for an animal


Topical Medications

Many medications can compound into a gel or cream that can be applied to the skin, and avoid the need for injections or IVs or taken orally.  Also, if your pet has fluctuating or declining liver function, applications to the skin may be advantageous because the medications do not need to pass through the liver before being absorbed, like oral medications do.

When medication is applied topically to the site of the problem – such as an anti-inflammatory medication to a joint – less active ingredient is needed because the medication doesn’t need to be absorbed through the gut and circulate to the site. And, additionally, there are typically fewer side effects and drug interactions, because blood levels of the drug are lower, although the tissue levels at the site of application are higher.

As a pet owners you no longer have to risk scratches or bites inflicted by an angry pet who will not tolerate having medication forced down his throat! This is particularly useful in pets that receive daily “maintenance” medications or pets that should not be stressed due to heart problems or high blood pressure. It is important that the person who is applying the medication wears a finger cot to protect him/herself from absorbing the animal’s medication.

Whatever your pets needs are, we can compound several medications into one formula or create a topical medication to make it easier for you and your pet.

Contact Information
520 Gypsy Lane
P.O. Box 2208
Youngstown, Ohio 44504


Phone: 330.744.0707
Fax: 330.744.1244



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