Can I Give My Dog Piriton?

Can I Give My Dog Piriton?Is Piriton safe for dogs? It’s a popular question because it’s common for a beloved pet to suffer from allergies, skin problems and even hay fever.

Unfortunately, most people medications are not really safe for dogs. Their organs are susceptible to damage when given certain human meds. They can easily respond negatively.

That said, vets do prescribe Piriton to dogs quite often. People routinely take it for pollen allergies in order to get their symptoms under control. Here we’ll discuss, in detail, the use of Piriton for when your dog experiences allergy problems.

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

Piriton is a well-trusted antihistamine medication that can be successfully given to dogs.

Although this allergy medicine is intended for people, lots of veterinarians prescribe it for canines with certain allergies. So yes, Piriton is generally safe for dogs but you really should consult with a vet for a proper diagnosis and for getting the dose right.

Proper Piriton Dosage

Under a vet’s supervision, you can give your dog Piriton if they’re suffering from a skin allergy, hay fever and even house dust mites. Typically, a half tablet a day for a small breed will be prescribed. For a larger dog, they may recommend 1 or 2 Piriton tablets per day usually until the condition clears up. Proper dosage largely depends on your dog’s age and weight but breed may factor in as well.

Allergy Aggravations & Tips

Many factors can trigger allergies in dogs especially if they are sensitive to the environment around them. Knowing more about the factors could possibly go a long way towards not actually needing to use Piriton in the first place.

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 certain areas. Some are also allergic to dust mites. If so, ensure that your house gets a deep cleaning. Otherwise, your dog may be dealing with lots of sneezing and coughing over the long term. Too much exposure to an environment that triggers allergies can weaken your dog’s immune system. They can even lose their appetite under such conditions.

In rare cases, your dog may experience allergic reactions from insect bites. Watch out for marks on the skin and apply insect bite ointment soon after something like this occurs. It’s important to inspect your dog thoroughly after a long trip outdoors. Finally, some dogs are allergic to certain foods.

In the above-mentioned situations, it’s generally safe to give properly dosed Piriton to a dog. This medication usually provides nearly instant relief.

What to Watch For

Aside from sneezing and coughing, you may notice that your dog is scratching a lot. Skin allergies are particularly troublesome as excessive itching can be very irritating. If your best buddy has long nails, the skin can even bleed from constant scratching. Inspect your dog to see if there are red patches, rashes or bumps on the skin. If you see traces of inflammation, then it can be a severe case requiring professional help.

Prevention & Remedies

Obviously if your dog is allergic to something, the best thing to do is remove them from allergens or situations that can trigger such an allergic reaction. If this isn’t possible, you can at least minimize your dog’s exposure to such allergens. In order words, try to avoid the use of Piriton because it isn’t actually a cure.

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

Conclusion on Piriton

You can use Piriton, chemical name Chlorphenamine, for combating allergies. While this product may help, there may be some better options. Apoquel treats canine allergies and it’s been specifically developed for pet use. In any case, simply being observant may greatly help to pin down exactly what’s triggering the allergy. Speak with your vet regarding the best course of action for your dog’s sake.

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Ray July, 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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Beth July, 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, 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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Rachel June, 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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Margaret June, 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, 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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Carol Freeland September, 2012

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

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