News flash: Animals can be hard to dose! (OK, this is probably not news to you.) Palatability adjustments are a large part of what veterinary compounding pharmacies do, and we at Monument Pharmacy field a lot of questions about what flavors might work best for various species. Below is some useful information about flavoring veterinary compounds.
First-best practice: Ask the owner if the animal prefers any certain flavor. If so, let us know. If that flavor is not feasible for the prescribed active ingredient, then we will work with you to find an alternative.
Second-best practice: Ask us for a flavoring recommendation. No matter how exotic the species, we have resources at our fingertips to make a good flavor match.
Third-best practice: Use the following selected guidelines featured in the May/June 1999 issue of the International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding. Said article contains a wealth of additional information, including flavor suggestions for a wide variety of zoo animals and other exotics. Want a copy? Email Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for the flavor article.
Avian: tutti-frutti, piña colada, grape, orange, orange juice, tangerine, banana (or mixtures thereof); raspberry, millet, honey, molasses, nectars [Parrots: hot and spicy (like cayenne); tropical birds: tutti-frutti, piña colada, banana (or mixtures thereof)]
Canine: bacon, beef, liver, chicken, turkey, cheese, peanut butter, cod liver oil, honey, malt, molasses, caramel, anise, marshmallow, raspberry, strawberry
Feline: fish, fish/liver, tuna, cod liver oil, sardine, mackerel, salmon, beef, liver, chicken, cheese, cheese with fish, bacon, molasses, peanut butter, butter, butterscotch, marshmallow
Ferret: chocolate, peanut butter, molasses, honey, fish, beef, liver, bacon, raspberry, fruit punch, tutti-frutti, apple, strawberry, peas
Equine: apple, apple/caramel, caramel, cherry, butterscotch, molasses, honey, alfalfa, clover, maple