Can I Give My Dog Piriton?

Can I Give My Dog Piriton?Is Piriton safe for your dog? We know dogs can have health problems just like their human companions. It’s not out of the ordinary for your favorite pet to suffer from allergies, skin problems and even hay fever just like people do.

Unfortunately, most people medications are not safe for dogs. Their bodily functions are especially susceptible to damage when given certain human medications. They can respond negatively to certain drugs intended to treat humans.

For minor allergies to pollen, stuffy weather and dust, people often take Piriton tablets. Here we’ll discuss if you can also give this particular allergy medicine to your dog when they experience similar symptoms.

Can I Give My Dog Piriton? Answer: Yes, as directed by a vet

Piriton is a well-trusted brand of antihistamine medication which contains a substance called chlorphenamine maleate. Although this medicine is intended for people, most vets also prescribe it to cure dog allergies and other similar cases.

Piriton is generally safe for dogs. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consult a vet as different dog breeds require different dosages. Piriton dosage will also depend on your dog’s age, weight and overall build.

Proper Piriton Dosage for Dogs

Under a vet’s supervision, you can give your dog Piriton if they are suffering from skin allergy, hay fever and even house dust mites. Your vet knows the correct dose. Typically, a half tablet a day for a small breed will be prescribed by the veterinarian. For a larger dog breed, they may prescribe Piriton in the amount of 1 to 2 tablets per day usually until the allergy or condition clears up.

Why You Should Give Piriton to K9s

Many factors can trigger allergies in dogs especially if your dog is sensitive to the environment. Just like people, some dogs are allergic to grass and pollen. If so, you can expect them to be sneezing and scratching after a walk in the park.

There are also dogs that are allergic to house dust mites. If this is the case, try to make sure that your house is very clean. Otherwise, your dog may always be sneezing and coughing. Constant exposure to an environment that triggers allergies all the time will also weaken your dog’s immune system. They can even lose their appetite to eat under such conditions.

In rare cases, your dog can get allergic reactions from insect bites. Watch out for marks on the skin and apply insect bite ointment when you suspect such insect bites. Inspect your dog thoroughly after a long trip outdoors.

Still, there are cases when dogs are allergic to the type of food they’re eating. Being very observant helps to find out exactly what’s triggering the allergy.

In the aforementioned cases and situations, it’s safe to give Piriton to your dog. This medication will usually provide instant relief so they can get back to their normal activities soon enough.

Symptoms to Watch Out For

Aside from the sneezing and coughing, you may also notice that your dog is scratching a lot. Skin allergies are particularly troublesome as excessive itching can be very irritating. If your dog has long nails, the skin can even bleed from constant scratching.

Inspect your dog often and see if there are red patches, rashes or bumps on the skin. If you see traces of inflammation, then this really can be a bad case of allergies.

Prevention and Remedies

If your dog is allergic to something, the best remedy is to remove them from any allergens or situations that can trigger such an allergic reaction. If this is not possible, you can at least minimize your dog’s exposure to such allergens.

One suggestion is to place your dog on a diet of lamb and rice meal as this type of dog food product can ease itchy skin. You may need to reevaluate the type of dog food they are eating as well. Another thing to check on is if they’ve had their shots in recent years.

A Healthy Dog is a Happy Dog

Carefully monitor your dog’s health all the time. Allergies are becoming more common among dogs. Even minor health ailments like skin problems can cause undue stress to your dog. This can affect your canine friend’s disposition. If your dog is in good health, it will show in the way they bond and play with you. That’s the reward for taking good care of your dog and their pesky allergies!

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Carol Freeland September 26, 2012

My 2 little dogs have been on Piriton a week. Poor little mites are still scratching. Any advice please?

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Margaret June 26, 2013

My dog is on Piriton for hay fever. Can you tell me how long it takes to work? She’s been on it only 2 days now.

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James June 26, 2013

Margaret it should start working within 24 hours but you may notice your dog experiencing some drowsiness. Of course, you need to consult with a vet because only they can recommend the proper dosage and treatment for something like Hay Fever. I hope your dog feels better soon.

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Rachel June 21, 2014

I took my dog out this morning and could not believe the state he was in when I got him home. His face was double the size. His eyes were closed and the spots were massive. He didn’t even look like my dog. I got him home, bathed him in cool plain water and gave him Piriton. Within 3 hours he looked like his old self, just very tired.

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Beth July 7, 2014

My mini Jack Russel is scratching a lot and has made red patches on her skin. She had her usual flea drops about two weeks ago. I think she is having a reaction to midge bites. I want to give her Piriton but need to know what dosage to give her as she is very small – she weighs just 4.5 kilograms.

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Yvie July 11, 2014

As always you should get her checked by a vet first. I have a mini Schnauzer who is very allergic and weighs just under 10kg. She has one tablet twice daily prescribed by a vet but I give her half a tablet twice daily and this keeps irritation to a minimum. If really bad, she gets a whole one every now and then. Hope she responds to the treatment as not all dogs do. Good luck!

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Ray July 18, 2014

Most pharmacies will not sell medication for use in animals (even if recommended by a vet) as they are only licensed for human use.

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