Temaril-P for dogs with coughs and itching
The following article details the usage of Temaril-P for dogs, including the correct dosage, safety information and more.
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Temaril-P is a two-in-one medication containing the corticosteroid prednisolone (of which prednisone is a pre-cursor) and the antihistamine trimeprazine. Because Temaril-P contains two active ingredients with largely different functions it is effective at treating a very wide range of doggy diseases, but most notably kennel cough and itchy skin. For simple allergy relief a safer option may be Benadryl for dogs as it does not contain prednisolone which is better avoided unless necessary.
Temaril-P dosage for dogs
Temaril-P is often sold per tablet, each of which are scored down the middle and contain 5 mg of trimeprazine and 2 mg of prednisolone each. You should seek dosage approval from your vet prior to use, but the dosage information in the table below is the most common:
|Weight of dog||Number of tablets|
|0 – 10 lbs||½|
|11 – 20 lbs||1|
|21 – 40 lbs||2|
Do not stop giving the medication suddenly due to the prednisolone. When planning to take your pet off of Temaril-P you should do so gradually with the help of your vet.
Is Temaril-P safe for dogs?
Temaril-P is FDA approved for use in dogs and under veterinary guidance at regular doses the medicine is quite safe. However there are several safety precautions you should be aware of, further details of which can be found below.
- Do not stop administering Temaril-P suddenly, you should taper off the drug with the help of the vet
- Notify the vet of all existing medical conditions your dog suffers with
- Notify the vet of any illnesses that your dog is suffering with
- Consider avoiding use in pregnant or lactating pups
- Administer Temaril-P alongside food
Because Temaril-P contains a corticosteroid (prednisolone) you should never stop administering the drug suddenly, instead you should gradually decrease the dosage over time. Furthermore, you should store the medication away from light, moisture and heat. Many medical problems can be agitated by prednisolone and as such you should make your vet aware of any existing medical conditions your dog suffers with as the drug may not be suitable for your pet.
Uses of Temaril-P for dogs
Temaril-P contains two different active ingredients which can treat a wide variety of canine conditions such as:
- Skin disease
Amongst many others.
Side effects of Temaril-P when given to dogs
Possible side effects of trimeprazine includes muscle tremors, weakness and drowsiness. Possible side effects of prednisolone includes increased thirst, increased urination, heightened appetite, vomiting and diarrhea. Monitor your dog closely if it is the first time he or she has taken either of these drugs, seek immediate veterinary care if your dog appears to develop any serious or unforeseen side effects including allergic reaction.