If your dog has allergies, you may be considering Flonase. Administering this to a pet, being a nasal spray, is a bit tricky. More importantly, you want to be sure it’s effective and also safe.
Right to the point, Flonase can work for a dog and is sometimes recommended by veterinarians. But you really should get a professional diagnosis beforehand. Avoid risky experimentation.
A few observed symptoms usually doesn’t warrant use of Flonase. Besides, there may be better alternatives for your dog. Medicine geared towards pets, rather than a pharmaceutical drug, is a better way to go.
Can I Give My Dog Flonase? Answer: Yes, but there may be better options
Recurring congestion, runny nose, sneezing or other allergies should be professionally evaluated.
Sometimes it’s best to let your dog’s symptoms pass on their own. Often times occasional allergies don’t require that you provide anything. Also, consider alternative remedies. You may have luck with Flonase but we aren’t crazy about it.
Personally we use a canine-formulated homeopathic medicine which never causes side effects and is much easier to administer.
Nasal Spray Practicality
Flonase, also known as fluticasone propionate, is a corticosteroid spray for the nasal cavity but it isn’t so practical for pets. It would be somewhat difficult to provide to a dog when you think about it.
There are so many products which are just as effective, easier to provide and likely safer. We aren’t totally against the use of Flonase for dogs but, at the very least, the treatment must fit the diagnosis.
Pet Dogs and Allergies
Dogs are just as susceptible to seasonal allergies as humans are. The good news is that, most of the time, our four-legged friends will be able to naturally handle their allergy issues.
Just because they may be having a rough time, on a given day, doesn’t mean it requires immediate treatment.
But if the allergies are caused by a specific allergen, make a concerted effort to avoid the source of such troubles. That’s much preferable to medicating with Flonase, or similar drugs, which really aren’t meant for canines. Besides, it only treats symptoms and doesn’t actually cure anything!
Wait and See Attitude
Often times owners make a situation worse by intervening with meds. Short of broken bones or obvious emergency situations, you can usually take a wait and see attitude on annoyances like occasional allergies.
Your dog probably isn’t suffering like we suffer through such things. So while Flonase may work temporarily, it may be that they don’t actually need it.
Flonase spray isn’t likely to be a realistic solution for your dog over the long term.
Some Other Ideas
Putting Flonase aside, one thing you can do for your dog’s allergies, particularly the skin-related variety, is to give them a bath. There’s an excellent canine shampoo which really helps with many of the allergies dog are susceptible to.
Also, be sure to clean up or replace any bedding that your pup uses because it may be contributing to Fido’s issues.
Confirm it’s Allergies
Diagnosing conditions in humans is hard enough, but in animals it’s even tougher. Some signs and symptoms that seem like allergies could actually be, for example, kennel cough.
Sadly, it’s all to common to treat pets for something when the problem turns out to be a totally different condition. This is dangerous and leads to complications, even death. Vets spend years studying!
Conclusion on Flonase
You can use Flonase to treat your dog’s allergies but there are better options. Get a diagnosis or consider natural alternatives. Preventative measures will reduce or even eliminate canine allergies. Most dogs don’t need medicine when signs of irritation appear due to seasonal allergies. Being conservative, observing them over a period of time, is smarter than immediately reaching for Flonase.