Pet Anxiety


Hello again from the Compound Lab!

We’re coming to the end of our section on vet compounding, but there’s one more large topic that I’ve not covered: anxiety.Most pets’ anxiety is related to specific stressors, such as fireworks, thunderstorms, or trips to the vet. That said, it is also possible for pets to be chronically depressed and anxious too, although the way it looks in animals is usually a bit different than it does in people.The most obvious difference is that pets can’t verbalize that they’re depressed like we can. But other differences can be more subtle, including changes in behavior or bathroom habits, needing increased attention, or differences in meows, whining, barks, etc. Many of these symptoms can also be caused by other factors, though, so only a vet can diagnose your animal with anxiety or depression.Once diagnosed, the treatments for animals can be very similar to humans. Common vet treatments include fluoxetine, mirtazapine, and gabapentin—although usually at different strengths than people get.Fortunately, as compounders, we can make sure your furry friends get the exact dose they need--and in their preferred dosage form and flavor. Just have your vet send us the prescription, and we can take care of the rest!As always, we're available in the lab Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm. Or you can email me anytime at brandon.ladage@belewdrugs.com. We’d love to hear from you!


Until next time,

Brandon


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