Stark Edler Apothecary assists veterinarians and pet owners with the complications they face in the pharmaceutical world for animals.  We can compound for dogs, cats, rabbits, rats, ferrets, exotics and some large animals. Each animal species is as unique as the human species, requiring specific formulations, dosage forms and flavors.  Working collectively with your veterinarian, the following hurdles can be overcome for your pet(s):

  • Strength that is commercially unavailable
  • Medication is needed that is no longer available by the manufacturer
  • Pet will not take commercial tablet or capsule regardless of camouflage
  • Combining one or more medications together

What dosage forms are available and which would be best for your pet?

Some medications are dosage form specific in order for your pet to receive the highest levels of therapeutic absorption.  Many dosage forms can be compounded free of dyes and/or preservatives if necessary.  A veterinarian or compounding specialist can offer dosage form recommendations but that decision can be made by the one who knows the pet best, the owner.  As medication administration can be stressful, we endeavor to create a good experience for both the pets and owners.

Oral Capsules – Still a popular option for the compliant pet and for medications that are otherwise not well absorbed.  The medication will always be compounded into the smallest capsule possible without neglecting accuracy.  Storage is usually room temperature but sometimes refrigerated.


Transdermal Cream – One of the least troublesome dosage forms and can be used on any animal without scales.  A small amount of cream is massaged into the skin, usually the inner ear flap.  (see photo below)  The medication is absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream.  This is an excellent option for the finicky feline.  (Certain medications may not absorb well using this route of administration.)  Storage is room temperature.Oral Liquids – A versatile dosage form, an oral liquid can be administered directly into your pet’s mouth or mixed with food, it allows for dosage adjustments, and allows us to dose smaller quantities for the smaller “pocket pets.” Most oral liquids are water-based products.  Some medications are not stable in water so an oil based product is used.  This will extend the shelf life of the medication.  The following are our most popular flavors:   Tuna, Chicken, Beef, Ham, Liver, Fish, Peanut Butter, Banana, and Strawberry.  Please inquire about other flavors. Storage will be room temperature or refrigerated.


Chewy Treats – These flavored, medicated treats turn medicine time into treat time.  The medication is evenly dispersed throughout the treat allowing them to be cut in half if needed. Treats are individually sealed.  Available flavors:  Tuna, Chicken, Beef, Liver, Peanut Butter, Seafood, and Salmon. Storage is usually room temperature.

***Ask us about our Hypo-Allergenic chews for those pets requiring  novel protein diets.***

Suppositories – Rectal suppositories can be used for multiple conditions and illnesses but are commonly used to treat the onset of seizures.  Suppositories are dispensed in a divided cardboard box.  If the treatment is for a seizure, they must be stored in the refrigerator and cannot be stored in plastic.

***Please ask us about hypo-allergenic flavors and our paw paste.***


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