“Bernadine Cruz, DVM, a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), finds that between half and two-thirds of her clients give the medication she prescribes to their pets, but fall off after about six months.”
– Till L. A Bitter Pill to Swallow. Veterinary Advantage Companion. September/October 2009; 1 (5)
Dogs are known as man’s best friends. Their feline counterparts are equally loved. In 63.2% of households in the United States, pet owners view their pets as family members, according to the American Medical Veterinary Association. Many pet owners would do as much for a sick pet as they would for a sick human family member if they could, but the lack of appropriate, available pet medications sometimes makes that difficult. Currently, there is a need for extended-release pain-relief medication for cats and dogs.
We have created an injectable, extended-release reformulation of pain-relief medication for cats and dogs. Our formulation, compared to existing drugs on the market, will improve compliance through its duration and form of administration.
Our reformulation of pain-relief medication for cats and dogs differs from existing drugs on the market in its duration. Most existing drugs are effective for four to six hours. We used our Precision Particle FabricationTM (PPFTM) technology to create our reformulation of pain-relief medication. During in vivo testing in dogs, our medication was effective for more than 10 days – a better alternative to administering pain-relief medication every four to six hours. This convenience improves compliance, which spares the pet unnecessary pain and prevents the owner from wasting money on unused medication.
Most of the existing pain-relief medications for cats and dogs are orally administered. The problem with orally administered veterinary medication is that many cats and dogs have difficulty swallowing or refuse to swallow oral drugs. Many pet owners have resorted to hiding medicine in food, only to find the food eaten and the medicine untouched or spat out.
Because of its duration and form of administration, our injectable, extended-release reformulation of pain-relief medication for cats and dogs will improve compliance when compared to existing drugs on the market. By filling an animal care need, we give pet owners the ability to care for their furry family members and prove to them that for man’s best friend, the feeling is mutual.