Temaril-P for Dogs

Temaril-P for dogs offers your pet relief for two conditions. First, Temaril-P is an antitussive and is useful in treating bronchial ailments. It also serves as an anti-inflammatory/antipruritic and helps relieve unexplained itching, including allergic skin rashes. Manufactured by Pfizer, the combination prednisolone and trimeprazine requires a prescription from your veterinarian.

Temaril-P is a corticosteroid.There are definitely benefits and risks when your pet is given this prescription medication. Prolonged use does increase the risk of some dogs developing Cushings Syndrome. Make sure you talk to your veterinarian to discuss if the risks to your pet outweigh the benefits.

Ingredients in Temaril-P

Temaril-P blends trimeprazine tartrate and prednisolone. Trimeprazine tartrate is an antihistamine that reduces the body's natural allergic response to allergens. It's effective at treating food allergies, inhalant allergies and pollens. It works by tricking the body into thinking it has completed an allergic reaction to a specific allergen. The allergy isn't eliminated, instead the body stops the response to the allergy.

Prednisolone is a corticosteroid. It effectively treats inflammation, itching and some allergic reactions. Prednisolone works by joining glucocorticoid receptors within the body suppressing the body's natural immune response. Because the body is suppressing the natural response to an infection, inflammation will not occur. However, it also makes the body more susceptible to infection so keep your dog isolated from sick pets.

Conditions Temaril-P for Dogs Treats

As Temaril-P medication is an antitussive, it's used primarily to treat bronchitis and kennel cough. It can also help treat bacterial infections of the throat.

Dogs suffering from allergic skin reactions benefit from Temaril-P. It reduces inflammation and itching commonly caused by unknown allergens. It also helps treat parasitic skin reactions, such as mange.

Dosages for Temaril-P

Use of Temaril-P starts with a higher dosage that is then reduced after four days. The initial dosage is given twice a day for four days:

  • Up to 10 pounds - ½ tablet

  • 11-20 pounds – 1 tablet

  • 21-40 pounds – 2 tablets

  • Over 40 pounds – 3 tablets

Starting on the fifth day, cut the dosage of Temaril-P for dogs in half. Continue giving the medication until symptoms clear up. If they return, you may need to keep your pet on the lowered dosage for therapeutic reasons.

Side Effects of Temaril-P for Dogs

Temaril-P does come with some side effects. The most important to note is that it can throw sodium and potassium balances out of whack. If you suspect your dog is having a reaction to the medication, call your vet and reduce the amount of medication gradually. Do not stop giving the medication completely.

Other side effects of Temaril-P include:

  • Diarrhea, including bloody diarrhea

  • Nausea/vomiting

  • Osteoporosis

  • Slowed blood clotting/wound healing

  • Weakened resistance to bacterial infections

If given too much medication, dogs show signs of edema/swelling, excessive thirst, excessive urination and failed blood clotting. If you suspect an overdose, contact your veterinarian.

Pets given Temaril-P for dogs over an extended period of time must be slowly weaned off the medication. Failure to do so can cause the body to under or overproduce steroid hormones naturally.

Do not use Temaril-P in pregnant dogs. Studies have found a link between cleft palate deformities and use of corticosteroids in dogs.