Your poor dog has a hacking cough and has even started sneezing and gagging every time you go out for a walk. These “doggy cold” symptoms are the typical signs of kennel cough, an infectious form of bronchitis that causes irritation in a dog’s trachea and lungs. If your dog is otherwise healthy, there’s little risk of complications, and the cough and other symptoms will pass – but that can take more than three weeks. If you want to save your pet some misery and lessen the likelihood that your dog might infect another pet, kennel cough treatment is available in the form of Temaril-P tablets.
Temaril-P is a brand name prescription medication -- generically, it’s known as trimeprazine with prednisolone. The medication combines an antihistamine (trimeprazine) and corticosteroid (prednisone), which, used together, can treat a variety of canine upper respiratory infections and coughs including kennel cough. Temaril-P and the generic drug are also used to relieve itchiness, skin irritation, and allergies.
Why Use Kennel Cough Relief?
In addition to a deep, dry cough that gets worse with exercise, dogs with kennel cough can suffer more serious symptoms such as excessive phlegm that can make pets choke and vomit. The symptoms can last for a long time, leaving dogs feeling worn down. They may lose their appetite, become lethargic, and even depressed.
Starting your dog on Temaril-P as soon as possible can help you avoid serious problems. Trimeprazine, the antihistamine ingredient, will help to suppress the cough so your dog can rest and regain strength. Prednisone, the corticosteroid, reduces inflammation in the respiratory system so your dog will have less pain when breathing, eating, and going about regular functions.
How to Give Your Pet Temaril-P
Your veterinarian will need to examine your dog, diagnos your pet with kennel cough, and provide a prescription for trimeprazine with prednisolone. The medication comes as scored tablets, and if you have a small dog, you may need to split them, giving your pet half a tablet per dose. You will need to give your dog the pill by mouth once a day or according to any special direction your veterinarian may give you. Your vet will likely also recommend that you give your dog Temaril-P with food to prevent stomach upset.
Temaril-P Is Not for Every Dog’s Kennel Cough
If your pet has already shared kennel cough and infected another dog in your house, don’t assume you can just give your other dog the same prescription and dosage. Take your second pet to the vet for an exam and individual diagnosis. Temaril-P and the generic version of the drug suppress a dog’s immune system, which makes it dangerous for some canines. It should not be given to puppies, pregnant and lactating dogs, or any animal that has the following medical conditions: systemic fungal infections, some types of mange, stomach ulcers, Cushing's disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease, or congestive heart failure.
Temaril-P and its generic equivalent can interact with other medications making it ineffective for treating kennel cough or resulting in complications. So be sure to discuss other prescription, homeopathic products, or herbal treatments that your dog is taking before starting trimeprazine with prednisolone.
While Temaril-P offers huge relief for dogs suffering from kennel cough, the drug can cause negative reactions in some dogs, so you should watch for side effects such as excessive sleepiness, weakness, or exposure of your dog’s third eyelid (which could lead to an eye infection. Some pets on trimeprazine with prednisolone may also need to urinate more frequently (prepare for accidents). The more rare side effects of trimeprazine with prednisolone -- such as weight gain, muscle loss, and the development of diabetes -- are not a significant concern when treating kennel cough since dogs should only need to take the medication for a short period of time.
More on Kennel Cough
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This information is for informational purposes only and is not meant as a substitute for the professional advice of, or diagnosis or treatment by, your veterinarian with respect to your pet. It has, however, been verified by a licensed veterinarian for accuracy.