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Compounding Pet Medications Can Help Cats With New Allergies

by Valerie Stevens

Though cats are often quite hardy and resistant to many diseases, they aren't perfect and may suffer from allergy problems. These may include a sudden new allergy that may threaten a pet's life, especially in the form of medication. However, compounded pet medications can help owners take better care of their cats by creating a safe, allergen-free medication that fits their needs.  

Understanding Compounded Pet Medications 

Compounded pet medications are new medicines created by combining ingredients in a new and exciting way. For example, many pet compounding pharmacies focus on eliminating allergy risks by removing dangerous substances that may affect a pet. So, when a cat develops a new allergy to their medication, compounding pharmacies will do a few things. 

Test for Allergies

A few allergy tests can quickly identify what compounds cause a cat's reaction. This process exposes the cat to a small portion of the allergen that won't threaten its life. This ensures that the cat is safe during this process and minimizes dangers.

Identify the Allergen in the Medicine

After identifying the allergen, pharmacists will work to identify it in the cat's medications. Once they've found where all a cat's new allergens are located, they can start compounding a new substance for their health.

Find Replacement Items for the Allergen

Often, many substances can replace an allergen in a medication. Compounding pharmacists will check the cat for potential reactions to these substances first. If the cat shows no response, it can integrate the ingredients into a new compound.

Produce a New Medicine

Now, the pharmacist can combine the safe replacement item into a new medicine that provides the same benefit for a cat. This new medication is specific to that cat and won't cause severe reactions if tested and prepared properly.

This process is often the only way for pet owners to provide their cats with medication free from allergens. Thankfully, this service is available from many pharmacies and can provide the long-term support that a cat needs to be healthy. It can also decrease the owner's anxiety because they'll know their cat is protected from dangerous allergens. 

Working With a Skilled Professional 

The best pet compounding medication pharmacies will work with a cat's owner through the creation and payment process, providing support every step of the way. Sometimes, a pet owner's insurance may even cover compounding, especially if necessary to a cat's health. That can help cut down on the owner's financial expenses.

Contact a local pet pharmacy to learn more about compounded pet medication