Compounded Allergy Treatments for Cats and Dogs

GTY_dog_and_cat_2_jt_150814_16x9_992Effective Allergy Care for Cats and Dogs

Just like people, our cats and dogs can suffer from allergies, too. When pets have allergies, their immune systems don’t function as well as they should – they are busy fighting the allergens. Everyday substances can cause many pets to suffer. Even though these elements may be common and, in most circumstances, even harmless, individual animals will have an extreme reaction.

As the pets’ body works to rid themselves of these substances – some they encounter every day – they may show a variety of symptoms. Depending on the kind of animal, these can vary. Here are the signs to watch out for in your cat or dog:

Signs Your Dog or Cat is Suffering From Allergies

Dogs can quietly suffer a long time before their owners realize allergies may be to blame. If your dog is always worrying over its eyes or skin, he or she may be responding to an allergy. Some other common signs your dog has allergies are:

  • Diarrhea/Vomiting
  • Red, Scabbed or Moist Skin (may be painful to the touch)
  • Runny Eyes
  • Scratches at the Back or Tail (a common reaction to a flea allergy)
  • Scratching Ears
  • Snoring
  • Constant Licking or Paw Chewing
  • Swollen Paws

Cats have many of the same symptoms and they are twice as likely to have allergies than dogs. If you are concerned your cat is having an allergic reaction, a few things to watch for are:

  • Vomit/Diarrhea
  • Coughing/Sneezing/Wheezing
  • Increased Scratching of Skin, Including Base of Tail
  • Runny Eyes
  • Increased Scratching of Ears
  • Snoring
  • Swollen Paws

Common Allergies for Cats and Dogs

Though this isn’t an exhaustive list, there are a few allergens that may be responsible for your pets’ allergic response. A few of the most common culprits are:

  • Tree and Weed Pollen
  • Cigarette Smoke
  • Plastic and Rubber Substances
  • Dust Mites
  • Fabrics
  • Dander
  • Feathers
  • Flea-Control Products
  • Mold
  • Perfumes
  • Cleaning Products – Both for Cleaning and Care

Animals can also run into less common allergies every day, so if your pet is having a reaction, and these aren’t the causes, there still may be another kind of allergen at work.

Pets can have a reaction to certain ingredients in their food, like soy, corn or wheat, but even some traditional ingredients, like beef, pork or chicken can cause allergic responses. It’s also important to remember that food allergies can show up at any age.

How to Treat Your Pet for Allergies

Medication can be tricky for helping pets with seasonal and other allergies. If you discover that your pet is allergic to a cleaning product, switching is easy. However, if you find your pet is allergic to tree pollen, prevention becomes impossible. And, unfortunately, some reactions will trigger further allergic responses.

Many pet owners are reluctant to give their pets medication because of how difficult it is for them to take the drug. A veterinary compounding pharmacy may be the best answer. Pets know when a drug doesn’t taste good. Tricking them into eating it is challenging and it leaves the pet parents feeling guilty.

With a compounding prescription, the medication can be disguised in many flavors a few of which include chicken, beef, liver and tuna. Not only will your pets quickly take their allergy medication, they will look forward to medication time. A compounding pharmacy can offer pet owners:

  • Dog-Safe Chocolate
  • Tuna for Cats
  • Fruit Flavors for Birds

If your furry friend can’t tolerate the medication in a liquid form, a veterinary compounding pharmacy can prepare pet medications whereby the animal doesn’t have to swallow anything.

Compounding Medications for Your Pets’ Allergies

Unfortunately, animals can’t express the pain that they are in when they have an allergic reaction, so pet parents need to be extra aware of changes to their pets’ behavior. Your pet brings you joy, companionship, and love. Being attentive to their needs is important; if you discover your pet is struggling with allergies, offer your beloved pet relief he or she can appreciate and even enjoy.

Giving your pets their medication doesn’t need to be a struggle. The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills can help. Contact us today and speak with one of our pharmacist to see how we can help your pet feel better.

6 Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency

vitamin-d-deficiency-fbThe body needs regular doses of Vitamin D to remain healthy.  A deficiency can negatively affect our moods, our weight, and even our skin tone and complexion.  While many people associate Vitamin D with dairy products, we can also get a great deal of it from the sunshine.  As winter is coming to an end, The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills gives you 6 signs that your body may be craving more Vitamin D.

1. You experience achy bones and joints.

If you wake up in the morning with stiff joints and achy bones, you may be suffering from a Vitamin D deficiency.  This nutrient is vital for keeping the tissues and muscle surrounding the joints well lubricated and functioning properly.

2. You feel down and depressed. 

A lack of Vitamin D can wreak havoc on our emotions.  This nutrient helps the body to produce the necessary levels of serotonin that helps us feel happy and energetic.  During the fall and winter, many of us tend to spend more time indoors.  Since sunshine is a leading provider of Vitamin D, we can easily begin to feel moody, sluggish, and slightly depressed.

3. You are over 50.

As we get older, we tend to spend less and less time outdoors, even when the sun is shining and the days are warm and beautiful.  Also, our kidneys begin to slow in their conversion of Vitamin D, according to the American Cancer Society.  Therefore, recent medical research suggests that we are far more likely to suffer from a Vitamin D  deficiency as we approach 50 years of age and older.

4. You are overweight.

People who are overweight produce Vitamin D at the same rate as those who are not.  But the higher concentration of body fat has a direct effect on the amount of Vitamin D that makes it into the bloodstream.  Vitamin D is fat-soluble.  The more overweight that we become, the more diluted the Vitamin D becomes in our bodies.  As a result, those who are overweight or obese require higher doses of Vitamin D to achieve the standard level of positive health benefits.

5. You have a darker complexion.

Those with a naturally darker skin tone require up to ten times more Vitamin D that those with a fairer complexion.  Our skin acts as a type of natural sunscreen.  When our skin tone is darker, we are automatically at a disadvantage because our skin is less able to absorb the Vitamin D from the sun.

6. You are experiencing gut trouble.

Those who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, celiac, or Crohn’s disease are more highly susceptible to a Vitamin D deficiency due to the way that their gastrointestinal tract absorbs fat.  Lower fat absorption also means that our bodies cannot also absorb the fat-soluble Vitamin D as well.

 

Fear not!  A deficiency in Vitamin D is easily correctable. Contact your friendly pharmacists at The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills today for more information.

3 Ways Compounding Can Help with Weight Loss

05-13-benefits-of-garlic-weight-lossWith summer around the corner, it seems that most everyone is trying to lose at least a little weight. But the solution to weight loss transcends dieting and exercising: Your struggle with losing weight could be due to issues in your thyroid, your adrenal and your insulin levels.

Compounding is a way that can help you counter these issues in your thyroid, adrenal and insulin glands – the issues that are keeping you from being the healthiest version of yourself. Pharmacy compounding is a way of personalizing the dosage of your medicine.

General physicians typically prescribe medications to their patients that are one-size-fits-all. However, you’re your own person, with unique needs. Not everyone will have the same type of hormone problems that you’re experiencing, and you’re going to need medicine that can meet you where you are.

Here are three ways compounding can help you attain your weight loss goals through hormone therapy:

1. Compounding can help with weight loss by maintaining your thyroid levels

Hypothyroidism means that you have low levels of your thyroid hormone, which causes fatigue, fluid retention, constipation, sore joints and muscles, depression, slowed metabolism and weight gain. Besides the actual weight gain side effect of hypothyroidism, you have all these other symptoms that make you too tired or too depressed to physically work off the weight. It causes a lot of problems.

Compounding can help with these issues by supplying your body with a series of natural thyroid hormones. Compounding can, in a way, trick your body into thinking it’s producing the natural thyroid hormones it needs to supply you with energy and heighten your metabolism. General prescriptions for synthetic thyroid hormones make an effort to combat the symptoms of hypothyroidism that lead to obesity, but not nearly to the extent to which natural thyroid hormones can help.

2. Compounding can help with weight loss by restoring your adrenal glands

Similarly, adrenal hormone dysfunction also causes weight gain. Adrenal issues start to appear once people hit middle age. Particularly, a disorder called Adrenal Fatigue leads to many serious health issues such as allergies, autoimmune disorders, cancer and obesity.

Your adrenal glands are partly responsible for turning your carbohydrates and fats into energy, but Adrenal Fatigue stops the transformation process and causes your body to retain the fats. What’s more is that if you’re not feeling like your usual, healthy self, then you’re probably not feeling up to going to the gym to work off some of the weight you’ve gained since your adrenal glands started malfunctioning.

Compounding (creating natural adrenal hormones that are measured according to your unique needs) can help restore your adrenal glands over time to their rightful condition. By supplying your adrenal glands with the hormones they need to function properly, your body will start processing carbs and fats as energy again, which will not only keep you from gaining more weight, but it will also give you the energy you need to work off the weight that you gained.

3. Compounding can help with weight loss by healing your impaired insulin glands

You might recognize insulin as the gland that is associated with diabetes. Diabetes is a disorder that results when your pancreas stops producing the proper amounts of insulin, which keeps your body from regulating your blood sugar levels the way it’s supposed to. What’s more is that insulin is also what’s responsible for keeping your metabolism at a healthy pace. If your insulin levels are depleted, then your metabolism will plummet as well, causing you to gain weight.

Hormone therapy that results from pharmacy compounding can be the weight loss solution you’ve been waiting for. By restoring your body’s insulin levels to their rightful condition, you’ll be able to process blood sugars the way that you’re supposed to, which will cause your metabolism to go up. This will not only keep you from gaining more weight, but it will also help you lose weight during the process, without lifting a single dumbbell or running a single mile.

Lose Weight Through Compounding Today

The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills specializes is compounding hormone therapy that can help you on your unique journey to the healthiest, happiest version of yourself. Not only can we specifically aid you in your efforts to rectify your thyroid, adrenal and insulin glands, but we can also help you with other compounding efforts to help you lose weight in general, once the weight-gain-causing symptoms have subsided. Contact ustoday to learn more!

Can a Pet Catch a Cold From Their Owner?

Animals___Cats_Red_Cat_hugging_the_owner_044684_Now that cold season is upon us, do you ever wonder whether you are contagious to your cat or dog? The truth is that pets can catch a cold, but it is not the always same type of illness as the one that affects us.

Respiratory Illness Symptoms In Pets

Pets experience respiratory symptoms such as:

  • Sneezing
  • Weakness
  • Runny nose
  • Discharge from the eye

These symptoms may also indicate other health issues not associated with a respiratory illness, like an allergy or an infection. In some cases, they may indicate a more severe health concern, such as pneumonia, parasites or distemper.

Can My Pet Catch A Cold from Me?

Your dog cannot catch a cold from you. There haven’t been any documented cases of this occurring, or dogs transferring colds to humans.

With cats, however, the story is different. Fluffy may possibly catch a cold from you. The cold virus that can make you feel miserable can make your cat sick as well. Cats can also transmit viruses between each other, but we cannot catch those viruses from felines.

How To Protect Yourself From The Cold Virus

One of the best ways to prevent the spread of the cold virus, either between human members of your family or to your feline companions, is to wash your hands regularly. This important simple step can help to reduce the risk of becoming ill.

Make a point of also washing your hands after handling your pet. Even though we may not be able to catch a cold from them, they can still carry germs and/or parasites. Make a point of avoiding contact with your pet’s saliva to your nose and mouth, as well as any areas where your skin is broken.

If Your Pet Becomes Sick

Make sure your pet’s food and water bowls are kept meticulously clean. Change your cat’s litter box more often and watch for changes in your pet’s bathroom habits. Be sure that your pet continues to drink plenty of clean water and gets plenty of rest.

If you are concerned about your pet’s condition, take him to the vet. Do tell the doctor if you are sick or have recently recovered from an illness. It could help to diagnose your pet.

Pet Compounding Pharmacy

The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills can prepare medications for your pet in flavors like beef, liver, chicken or tuna that your furry friends will find easy to take. We can also create different dosages and forms in some medicines, such as a transdermal gel for pet that have a tough time swallowing their medication. You’ll feel better knowing that your pet is getting the medicine they need to get on the road to good health.

Contact us today to learn more about how our pet compounding pharmacy can help your furry companion feel better.

Taking Care of Your Heart

heart-health-monthThe “ticker” is the one muscle in the human body that none of us can afford to ignore. More so than any other organ human’s possess, the heart and its health are the most closely monitored, and for good reason. Cardiovascular disease is responsible for one in every four deaths, and is the number one killer of American men and women. So it is easily understandable why February is declared American Heart Month.

While it may seem obvious, it is important to understand just how crucial the heart is to our overall health. The heart itself is a muscular organ which, when stimulated by electrical impulses, expands and contracts to pump blood to the entire body.  This muscular activity is the “heartbeat” we so commonly refer to.  When beating, the heart first pumps blood to the lungs, where it picks up oxygen.  It then pumps this oxygenated blood out to all of the tissues in the body.  If the heart is malfunctioning, all the systems and tissues of the body become depleted of oxygen and become impaired.

Heart disease tends to be a fairly encompassing term with many different issues falling under its umbrella. Most of the complications caused by heart disease are a result of atherosclerosis, a narrowing of the blood vessels caused by plaque buildup.  This narrowing restricts blood flow through the vessel and can lead to issues such as stroke or heart attack.  In addition, heart disease can refer to heart failure (a decrease in the heart’s pumping efficiency), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat), or heart valve malfunctions.

While many factors can increase your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol), and smoking are, by far, the main culprits. Nearly half of all Americans have at least one of these three factors, and a large percentage are afflicted with two or more.  Also contributing are diabetes, obesity, and excessive alcohol consumption.

Preventing Heart Disease

The good news is, there are many steps that can be taken to prevent heart disease, as well as correct and improve existing conditions. As is the case with nearly all disease states, the best weapons available to fight cardiovascular disease are healthy diet and exercise.  Exercise can serve to make your heart stronger and more efficient, lower your blood pressure, reduce high cholesterol, and decrease your weight.  Likewise, eating a well-rounded, healthy diet can control weight as well as provide your body with the nutrients it needs to keep your heart at its peak operating efficiency.

Sometimes though, diet and exercise are not enough. For a variety of reasons such as genetic predispositions, issues like high cholesterol and elevated blood pressure can prove to be stubborn, and we need some outside help.

This is where both prescription drugs, and over the counter supplements can provide support. On the prescription front, there are many different options to choose from.  Generally, prescription drugs help to manage the risk factors associated with heart disease such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol.  Doctors may prescribe from an army of agents in these areas, each working in different manners and mechanisms with the goal of reducing your risk of complications such as stroke and heart attack.  Additionally, your doctor may prescribe drugs that help to control and improve the efficiency of the heart’s pumping functions.

A Natural Approach to Heart Health

Many people however, choose to avoid prescription medication, if possible, and attempt to tackle cardiovascular issues with a more natural approach through nutritional supplementation. Individual circumstance and severity of disease state varies from person to person. However, in many cases, when paired with a healthy diet and exercise, this “natural” approach may prove to be an effective one. Much like prescription drugs, there exist a large number of nutritional options, each addressing different complications of heart disease.

When aiming to target high cholesterol and triglyceride levels, heart healthy omega supplements, as well as those containing red yeast rice are common. Today’s popular statin drugs were actually modeled from red yeast rice, and it, like statins, works to lower your body’s production of LDL. Omega supplements serve a dual purpose in both lowering triglyceride levels, as well as potentially reducing inflammation caused by plaque buildup in the arteries.

Being some of the most commonly used over the counter supplements, it is essential to note that not all omega products are equal in quality or effectiveness. Often derived from seafood sources, thus giving them the common name “fish oil”, each individual omega product contains different levels of the essential omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, which give the fish oil its beneficial effect.  Consumers must be vigilant in reading the label of the product closely, as many omega supplements may list a larger dosage of “fish oil” on the label, but in fact, the active omega-3’s (EPA and DHA) are minimal, and the bulk of the listed dosage consists of inactive omega-3’s poorly utilized by the body.  The typical target dosage for EPA and DHA combined, in those patients with high cholesterol, is 1,500mg to 3,000mg.

Beyond the cholesterol arena, other supplements exist to help support a healthy blood pressure level. For instance, arginine is an amino acid, that when taken as a supplement, can help promote relaxation of the blood vessels.  This relaxation, or vasodilation, helps to ease the flow of blood through the vessels and thus lower the pressure exerted on them.

Finally, other supplements serve to promote overall health of the heart. Coenzyme-Q10 is a powerful antioxidant in the body that plays a role in energy production. This may help to enhance the function and health of the heart muscle.  Additionally, Co-Q10 is commonly given to patients on statin therapy, as these drugs deplete our body’s natural stores of Co-Q10.  This depletion may lead to complications, such as muscle pain and fatigue, regularly associated with this family of drugs.  Supplementing with Co-Q10 while taking a statin may help to limit these complications.

It is important to remember when buying any supplement to consult a health care professional well trained and familiar in their usage. The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills specializes in providing these products, and ensuring their quality and safety.

Proper heart health is as essential to your overall well-being as any other aspect of your life. Be sure to take the time this month to pay attention to your “ticker”, it might just save your life. Contact The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills to see how we can assist you in maintaining a healthy heart.