Using Temaril-P For Dogs as Kennel Cough Treatment How This Medication Combats Kennel Cough Symptoms

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Temaril-P ( Trimeprazine / Prednisolone)

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The prescription medication Temaril-P can help a dog with kennel cough, lessening the severity and length of your petโ€™s suffering and preventing this highly contagious infection from being passed on to others.

Your poor dog has a hacking cough and has even started sneezing and gagging every time you go out for a walk. These โ€œdoggy coldโ€ symptoms are the typical signs of kennel cough, an infectious form of bronchitis that causes irritation in a dogโ€™s trachea and lungs. If your dog is otherwise healthy, thereโ€™s little risk of complications, and the cough and other symptoms will pass โ€“ 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, itโ€™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 Dogโ€™s Kennel Cough

If your pet has already shared kennel cough and infected another dog in your house, donโ€™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 dogโ€™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.

Side Effects

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 dogโ€™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.

Kennel Cough Symptoms and Treatment 

Kennel cough (infectious tracheobronchitis) is a highly contagious, acute upper respiratory disease that can be caused by both bacterial and viral pathogens. It occurs primarily in young dogs or puppies, but is a relatively common disease. Kennel cough gets its name from the populated kennel or shelter conditions that are ideal to it spreading from dog to dog.

Symptoms of Kennel Cough

  • Dry, hacking cough; wet, gurgling coughs can be signs of more serious infections
  • Cough may produce a โ€œhonkingโ€ sound
  • Retching with a white, foamy discharge; this can worsen after exercise
  • Snorting
  • Nasal discharge
  • Sneezing
  • Conjunctivitis or pink eye

Kennel cough specifically targets the upper respiratory system, so if your dog exhibits other symptoms like decreased appetite, breathing problems, or fever, go to the vet immediately. A mild case of kennel cough will not affect your dogโ€™s energy levels or appetite.

Preventing Kennel Cough

The virus can spread through the air and through contaminated objects. Because it doesnโ€™t require direct contact to infect, it is difficult to prevent except through isolation. If your dog goes to a day care or boarding, look for good ventilation and strict disinfection practices.

Vaccinations are generally recommended only for high risk cases because of the risk of side effects and the complex nature of kennel cough strains. But some boarding houses and doggie day cares require vaccinations against two of the causes of kennel cough: parainfluenza and bordetella.

Treatment for Kennel Cough

In its mild form, kennel cough can be compared to the common cold in humans. Most cases of kennel cough clear up on their own within three weeks, with symptoms improving in a week. However, dogs can remain contagious even after symptoms clear.

You can help keep your dog comfortable while they recover by keeping them warm, using a humidifier to help breathing, and making sure they get plenty of fluids. If your dogโ€™s collar seems to be irritating their neck on walks, consider switching to a harness for the duration of the healing process. Honey is safe for dogs in small doses and a natural remedy that can help soothe the irritated lining of the throat.

For young or elderly dogs or pets with autoimmune disorders, the disease can cause serious complications. See your vet if the cough doesnโ€™t clear up on its own. Diagnosis of kennel cough is primarily made through considering the history of exposure to other dogs, but your vet may want to take urine or blood samples to rule out other illnesses.

Your vet might recommend an anti-inflammatory to alleviate coughing and lessen mucus secretions. A cough suppressant may also be prescribed. Severe cases of kennel cough can progress into pneumonia. If your dog is showing potential symptoms of pneumoniaโ€”fever, severe respiratory distress, or lack of appetiteโ€”an antibiotic course will probably be recommended.

More on Kennel Cough

Dog Coughs: What Causes Them and What Can Be Done to Help
How to Tell If Your Pet Has a URI
Why Is My Pet Coughing?

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.

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