Veterinary drug compounding, which changes the preparation, flavor or strength of a drug to meet the precise needs of a patient, serves an essential purpose, according to veterinary medicine professor Scott Stanley of the University of California, Davis, but the practice must be approached with knowledge and care. Catastrophic incidents have occurred, and Stanley recommends that veterinarians develop a relationship with their pharmacist to ensure the safety and efficacy of specially made drugs. He outlines considerations for veterinarians including red flags and explains proper procedures for compounding.

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