Nasal Spray Allergy Medicine for Dogs

Allergy remedies for canines may be administered as tablets, topical creams or nasal spray allergy solutions. The nasal sprays are recommended if the dog displays respiratory symptoms such as sneezing, wheezing or coughing. The nasal sprays may contain corticosteroids or antihistamines, which will bring temporary relief to the allergy symptoms. Nasal sprays may only be used if the dog has inhalant allergies, because the sprays will not be effective if the dog has food or contact allergies.

Antihistamine Nasal Spray

Antihistamines are the first choice treatment option for pets. In dogs the antihistamines may not be as effective as in humans or cats, but there are numerous antihistamines and some may work better than others.

The antihistamine medications are meant to reduce the effects of the histamines that are produced when the dog is allergic to an irritant. The antihistamines may also inhibit the production of histamines. There are antihistamine tablets, injections as well as nasal sprays used in dogs.

Astelin can be an efficient nasal spray used in canines with respiratory allergic reactions. This product is an over the counter spray, but the vet should be consulted prior to administration.

Steroid Nasal Spray

Steroids are commonly prescribed to dogs that have more severe allergic reactions. The nasal sprays containing steroids will have an anti-inflammatory and soothing effect. The allergies will cause the swelling and irritation of the air passages. The nasal sprays will effectively reduce the swelling and reduce symptoms such as sneezing, panting or coughing.

Common nasal sprays for dogs containing corticosteroids include Flonase or Nasonex.

When to Administer Nasal Spray

The nasal spray may be administered when you notice any respiratory allergic reactions in your dog. However, you may also apply some spray prior to exposing your dog to an identified allergen that cannot be avoided (i.e., grass). This will prevent the secretion of histamines when encountering the allergen and the dog may not display any allergic symptoms or just a few mild symptoms.

How to Administer the Nasal Spray

The nasal sprays created for dogs have a special design which makes them easy to use. Take the dog's head and keep the muzzle directed upwards. Get the spray in the other hand and apply the medication so that it gets in the dog's nose. Keep the dog's head in this position for at least three minutes, allowing the medicine to enter his system. Praise your pet and give him a treat. Try to avoid spraying the dog in his mouth, as the sprays may cause allergic reactions in the mouth. Apply the sprays a few times per day, especially when the allergic symptoms are more severe.

Additional Treatment

Nasal spray allergy medicine may be effective in reducing the symptoms in your dog, but this is only a temporary solution. Talk to your vet and discuss some long term options. Allergy shots may be an option, and these can drastically reduce the dog's allergic reactions.