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3 Common Myths About Pharmacies and Flavoring Medicine for Pets

Posted by Caitlin Taylor

Aug 19, 2020 2:55:18 PM


As a pharmacy professional, you've probably witnessed the benefit FLAVORx can have for children's health. But kids aren't the only members of the family whose health is often affected by failure to comply to a medication regimen. Pets need their medicine too, and trying to give it to them can often lead to a scared pet, a stressed pet owner, and an incomplete dose. 


If your pharmacy dispenses vet medicine, you might've heard that flavoring is too expensive or maybe you think that's better left to compounding pharmacies. Luckily, these are common misconceptions, and helping our furry friends get the medicine they need to stay healthy is as easy as adding a flavor. 

Myth: Only compounding pharmacies can flavor pet medicines

Fact: Retail pharmacies can flavor liquid prescriptions for animals just like they flavor liquid prescriptions for kids! The only difference is, of course, the flavors used. Our special line of veterinary flavors includes options like Crispy Bacon, Grilled Tuna, and Chicken Pot Pie that appeal to animals and help make their medicine taste and smell like the foods they love. Commonly prescribed liquids for animals including Amoxicillin, Cephalexin, and Hydrocodone can all be flavored with FLAVORx veterinary flavors. 



Myth: Flavoring pet medicines is too expensive to be worthwhile

Pharmacies are under a lot of strain, so of course the thought of spending more money can be daunting. Luckily, flavoring vet medications requires very little cost up front. To flavor liquid medications, there's no need for an elaborate setup or special equipment. Pharmacies that already use FLAVORx can add the veterinary program for a small one-time fee that gives them access to our entire database of veterinary flavoring recipes.



Myth: Pet owners won’t pay to add a flavor

Fact: If flavoring a medicine can help their pets live their best life, pet owners will absolutely pay the extra fee! According to the American Pet Products Association, pet owners in the U.S. spent $95.7 billion on their pets in 2019. That number is projected to grow to $99 billion in 2020. With more and more products and services available for pets, from customized diets to orthopedic beds, pet owners have shown they are willing to splurge if it means keeping their furry friends happy and healthy.



Medicating a pet can be traumatic for pets and owners alike, but if a pharmacist or pharmacy technician offers to use flavoring to improve the experience it can make a huge difference toward keeping pets in good health. Not only can it prevent the stress of a medicine-time battle, it can ensure pets are completing their full dose of medicine. At the end of the day, pet owners just want the best for their pets, and flavoring is a small thing you can do to help keep them healthy.


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