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Good Vet Dosing Reference

Discussion in 'Pharmacy' started by pharm B, Aug 10, 2017.

  1. pharm B

    pharm B Phar Noir Staff Member Administrator Rocket Scientist Pharmacist Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 7+ Year Member

    Had a prescription for gabapentin come across the bench the other day for an 8 year old, and boy the dose seemed high. As I prepared to contact the prescriber, I realized the patient had four legs and a tail.

    For the life of me, I couldn't find a decent vet dosing guide. Do you have a go-to?
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  3. lord999

    lord999 Pharmacist Faculty Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Feb 20, 2002
    There's a good Merck Manual out there that's used for the standard domesticated animals. Don't know anything for exotic pets.
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  4. Dr Wario

    Dr Wario Hey you! Want to try this pill? 5+ Year Member

    Feb 12, 2011
    You don't know how much gabapentin I should give my pet dragon?
  5. radio frequency

    radio frequency 5+ Year Member

    Dec 18, 2012
    You want Plumb's Veterinary Handbook. If you do pet meds you should have it on hand.
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  6. Rouelle

    Rouelle PhD Pharmacist 7+ Year Member

    Jan 7, 2011
    I recently got a phone in script from a vet for a boxer. Levothyroxine, 700 mcg bid. I questioned this VERY adamantly. I don't have much clinical knowledge about dogs.
  7. owlegrad

    owlegrad Uncontrollable Sarcasm Machine Staff Member Administrator Pharmacist 7+ Year Member

    There used to be some vet references in pharmacist letter but hardly extensive.
  8. RxVampire

    RxVampire PharmDruggist Pharmacist 2+ Year Member

    Oct 11, 2015
    2nd Plumbs; I think it costs around $70-80 or so. All weight based and species specific (sometimes breed specific) but does come in handy.

    I don't think an exotic animal reference is worth it; mostly dogs, cats, mouses/hampsters, rabbits, etc. in retail.

    *Exotic Animal reference used in Vet Med teaching hospital while on rotations:
    Marion CJ. Exotic Animal Formulary. 4th Edition. St. Louis, Missouri: Elsevier Saunders. 2013.
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2017
  9. moose10

    moose10 2+ Year Member

    Mar 14, 2013
    Plumbs. If you have a .edu email you can get it free for a year!
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  10. BidingMyTime

    BidingMyTime Lost Shaker Of Salt 10+ Year Member

    Oct 2, 2006
    If all else fails, dosing estimate based on weight--obviously, not all human drugs are safe for all species, and species may metabolize drugs differently than humans....but with the commonly prescribe drugs by vets that are going to be seen in retail (usually only control's & benadryl that the vet doesn't want to carry in his office), dosing by weight will give you a starting idea.

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