Monday, May 8, 2017

Does Your Pharmacy Compound??

We have two senior pugs in our house

Mr. Bailey is 14 and Hazel is 12

They both get arthritis supplements, 
Bailey takes Deramaxx 
and both of them get Gabapentin for pain

Meal time can be quite the process 

Dinner time looks like this

One cup of yummy food topper, scoops of powdered enzymes for inflamation, liquid glucosamine, one Deramaxx pill, one scoop of skin supplement for Mabel 
and liquid gabapentin 

Because we are small dogs, 
the only way to get a small enough dose of the gabapentin 
has been a liquid that has to be refrigerated. 
Before measuring doses
 it must be shaken thoroughly for several minutes.
It is sticky and messy and tastes nasty. 

Then we found
Shaver Pharmacy and Compounding Center
they not only do people prescriptions 
they also do pet medications

Our vet called them 
with Bailey & Hazel's prescriptions for the Gabapentin. 
Hazel gets a smaller dose than Bailey

Two days later we picked up 
two bags of beef flavored chews.

Each chew containing the proper dose of Gabapentin, 
enough for two months

Not only does this make meal time easier, 
but Mom feels more confident 
that we are getting the right dose every time.  
 The increase in cost was minimal over the cost of the liquid which is more expensive than powder capsules. 

Could something like this be helpful to you?
Maybe you have a compounding pharmacy in your area!

We are The PugRanch Kids
Bailey, Hazel & Mabel


  1. Whoa my HUGGY PUGS that is a lot of prep work for your din-din. Good thing your Mom has retired. BUT OMCs they compound pharmacy has made life so much easier for the mom and for you two. We do have a compound pharmacy here too. Our first kitty Milky-Way had to have them make him something once. We really really think this is a most informative post. Currently the only thing I get (I'm 15) is a shot of adequan every Tuesday, and of course my flea/tick/skeeter drop on my neck
    Hugs madi your bfff

  2. that is a super idea... it was a hard work for your momma before you found this fab pharma center. it is good that they care for us fourleggers too... and that the magic potion is covered now with beef is just brilliant!!!

  3. Thats awesome that they can do that. makes med taking so much easier for My girl!!!


  4. We've used a compounding pharmacy before and they were awesome!

    Glad you found a great solution.

    Lily Belle & Muffin

  5. Hari OM
    Now that is SERVICE!!! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  6. Wow! We've never heard of such a service so thank you for sharing. We don't have that many meds yet...but dog knows if someday we will.

  7. It sure looks like our house and yes, we do have a compound pharmacy near by

  8. Thats a fantastic service....not that I advocate pills/medications or anything BOL!

    Puppy growls,

  9. Can't say I have had to deal with that, but in the event we do, we will look into it. Glad you found a pharmacy that could be helpful for you!

  10. Delilah gets compounded fluoxetine- she's only 6 lbs so she definitely needs special custom doses! Same deal, but from Wedgewood Pharmacy.

  11. What a pawfect solution! My peeps wish they could have used this fur their previous paws, so much easier than measuring out and making up cheesy balls!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  12. We're going to check out our chemists, Roxy is beginning to show signs of arthritis....SHE needs something to help her. Thanks for the idea.

  13. Wow! This is wonderful for you! Mitch took gabapentin off and on before he went to Rainbow Bridge.

  14. Wow, that is a most excellent discovery!!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  15. So cool your pharmacy does that! Small sized pups need all the help they can get from uprights since formulations often are based on medium sized dogs.

  16. That is awesome!! We have a compounding pharmacy near us, but I never knew they'd make chews. Otto takes NINE zonicimide capsules a day. I'm sure he'd rather have a chew or two. I'm calling tomorrow!!

  17. Thank you so much for sharing this. That looks like a wonderful way to handle it. I have enough trouble now with Abby's flea and tick meds I can't imagine adding in a bunch of others as she gets older. We appreciate the info.


  18. That is a great idea. Thank you for letting me know.

  19. That sure makes it easier for you and your pawrents. We do have a pharmacy in our area that does compound and our mom said our Angel Sister Nina used it for some of her medicine late in life.

  20. That does indeed make life simpler. I'm on quite a few medications myself and my breakfast is very similar to yours. We don't know about compounding but it's something to keep in mind. Thanks for sharing your info.

    Molly and my Mom @The Fast and The Furriest

  21. We have two compounding pharmacies in our area. They made my hormone pellets for several years. It is nice that they can help dogs too!

  22. Wow!! How awesome to have your gabapentin in a chew!!! Bilbo just started gabapentin in tablet form(because he isn't a "reliable eater"). This must be great!

    Although we don't have a compounding pharmacy near that we know of now, I will make sure to keep my eyes open in the future!

  23. We used to own a pharmacy and did some compounding. But we sold it a few years ago, and Dad, the pharmacist, retired.

  24. What a good idea. I don't know if we have a compounding pharmacy in Vancouver but Mimi says she will find out!

  25. My peeps have never heard of this but it sounds a good idea. Nose licks and love from Moth xx

  26. Wow, I've never heard of this before! What a great idea! Thank you for the tip!