Respectfully submitted by: Sarah Iannacone Third year pharmacy student working with Dr. Drew Olson at Essential Pharmacy Compounding (EPC).
Do you consider yourself a whiz when it comes to cats, dogs and horses but what about the not so common companion pets like reptiles, ferrets, and rabbits? According to the 2012 U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook the amount of households that have exotic pets is slowly on the fall compared to 2007. However that number is still quite large. The number of US households that have exotic pets is 16,722,000 US households have exotic pets! The most common exotic pets include fish, rabbits, turtles, poultry, and hamsters. When treating these animals finding the right dose and volume can be difficult to find through manufactured drugs. For example, an oral liquid dose for a rabbit should be limited to 0.5 mls per dose. At Essential Pharmacy Compounding we can formulate the medication needed to the specific dose required and concentrate it so the volume is within a good range for the animal. We can even add in a flavor that the animal may enjoy, allowing us to make treating the animal easier.
For more information for your clients regarding exotic pets check out dvm360.com/exoticpetcare for handouts. Be sure to get yourself a copy of Exotic Animal Formulary by James W. Carpenter to refer to for questions with dosing and drug options for these animals. As always remember EPC is just a phone call away and can help you determine if a compound is an option for you and your patient and we are happy to help you walk through the process.