It was a routine visit, nothing special. Dogs were due for their shots, so I made an appointment with my usual vet.
So far, nothing out of the ordinary.
We arrive for the appointment, the vet does the usual check up and gets the shots ready. I give him the heads up: My girl is relatively easy, but my boy...
“He’s a big sook.”
The vet didn’t seem bothered, he just shrugged it off and said, “That’s alright - We’ll just sneak up on him.”
Cue the jab.
I don’t think he was expecting the sound that came out of my dog’s mouth. Like something from the depths of the Underworld, the howling of a tortured soul, as all 50kg of pure panicked hound made desperate leap towards the door.
The situation ended with the dog against the wall on one side of the room with a needle hanging out of his neck and the vet on the other. I don’t know which of the two was more stunned in that moment.
Like I said, he’s a big sook.
Meanwhile, my girl, who had the exact same jab was more concerned with the liver treats on offer than the needle. This is the same dog who will eat around any medication you try to hide in her food. Eat the meat, lick the gravy off, and leave the pieces of tablet behind.
Needless to say, the ability to have animal medication in oral liquid form has saved me many a headache in the following years. And traumatised less pets and vets alike.
Veterinary medicine isn’t actually too different from our medicine. There are common standard dosages, common delivery forms and common ingredients. There may be many standardisations, but just like us, animal needs aren’t always a one-size-fits-all.
Veterinary compounding essentially works the same way as compounding human medications, save for the flavours... Bubble gum probably wouldn’t be too appealing to a cat, but the beef or chicken or tuna flavours we have on offer more likely would be. We try to keep the flavours to something you would find in your animal’s typical pet food, as that is what they are used to. A lot of dogs will enjoy the caramel or apple flavours, too. It’s what works for you and your pet.
Talked to your vet and decided a paste would be the best delivery system? Need a liquid? Need a smaller dose? A larger dose? Vets will often write their own scripts and dispense the medication right there in the clinic if they have it on the shelves; other times, the client will bring it to us.
If your good boi (or gurl) is a big sook like mine, we can make medicine time as painless as possible.
For the both of you.