At Petscript, we provide pet meds in a variety of forms. For certain dermatological concerns that affect an animal’s skin or coat, topicals are the preferred form and method of medication administration.
What Are Topicals?
Topicals are medications that come in a variety of different formulations that are intended to be applied topically to your patients’ skin. Topicals are typically intended for local use and treatment on a specific part of your patients’ bodies, such as that of a wound, rash, fungal or bacterial infection, or lesion.
In this way, topicals differ from topically administered transdermal gels which are intended to be absorbed into the bloodstream for systemic treatment.
Types of Topical Medications
We offer several medications in topical form, including:
Plus, topical medications can come in a variety of different forms such as:
Creams - Water-based formulas that are not greasy
Ointments - Oil-based formulas
Lotions - Liquid preparations
Powders - Dry solids consisting of fine particles
Depending on the type of topical formula your patients receive, some can result in patients having a slightly greasy coat at the administration location. If this is of concern to your clients, we welcome you to talk to our pharmacists about which types of topical formula would be best for these patients.
Client Tips for Applying Topical Medications
When prescribing topicals, we recommend providing your clients with the following medication administration tips.
Follow Instructions Carefully
Read all administration instructions and follow them carefully. This will ensure that clients apply their pets’ medications in the proper dosage and at the right frequency. Additionally, some topicals can cause irritation to the skin or eyes, and it might be recommended that clients wear gloves when applying them to their pets.
Massage Medication Into the Skin
Topical medications are usually best applied when they are gently massaged into an animal’s skin at the targeted area. This ensures adequate absorption of the medication.
Do Not Allow Pets to Lick the Medication
Topical medications are for external use only. They can be toxic or, at the very least, they can lead to gastrointestinal upset if ingested. Clients should keep their pets from licking the topical medication they have applied to their pets’ skin. Applying medications right before mealtime can distract pets or your patient might need to wear an Elizabethan collar (cone) to prevent them from ingesting topical medications.
Learn More About Topical Pet Meds
If your patients are in need of topical medications or if you have any questions about the different types of topical medication formulas available, we welcome you to contact PetScript today.