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Old 24-08-2012, 08:28 AM
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Re: piriton for dogs

I think it's probably best to ask advice from your vet first , I was advised by my vet to give Mavis piriton if I hadn't there is no way I would give it to her like I do on a regular basis , I just buy it myself now as I can get it a lot cheaper
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Re: piriton for dogs

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Depends on the size of the dog and the strength of the tablet.

The vet who runs the National Certificate in Canine First Aid advises the following dosage:

Piriton (or Chlorphenamine Maleate to use the generic term) the dose is:

4 8 mg large dog x 2 a day
2 4 mg small dog x 2 a day

Piriteze is (generic name ceterizine) it is not as well researched as chlorphenamine maleate.

Cetirizine has been trialled on dogs for allergic skin disease at 1mg/kg with minimal side effects
I cant get Piriton here, but there is another called Humex. Cetrizine10mg. Are these ok? Not suprisingly the pharmasist said no so I haven't risked it.
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Re: piriton for dogs

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Ok, I'm confused (doesn't take much admittedly)!!

My dog weighs 12kg

If I go with the 1/4 tablet per 10kg then if the tablets are 4mg then that's 1mg

If I go with 0.5mg per kg then that's 6mg (12mg if taken twice a day)

If I go by the small/large dog recommendations then its 2-4mg twice a day (potentially 8mg per day)

There's a lot of difference!!
First of all, forget the small dog/large dog recommendations - that is so inaccurate as to be dangerous. As I said earlier, how big is a big dog? How small is a small dog?

1/4 of a tablet per 10kg is the normal dose.

0.5mg per kg is the maximum dose that you can go to if symptoms are severe.

Hope that helps to clear it up. (apologies because I realise my first post didn't explain this very well and I've gone back and edited it)

However, as Paddyjulie so rightly points out, you really should be advised by your vet before you give chlorphenamine to your dog (and especially if you are giving more than the normal dose), just in case your dog has any underlying conditions where chlorphenamine would be used with caution or contra-indicated, such as enlarged prostate, any underlying disease that could cause urinary retention, a susceptibility to angle-closure glaucoma, or duodenal obstruction. (These are some examples; this list is not inclusive).

You also need to be aware that the larger the dose, the higher the incidence of side effects such as drowsiness, dry mouth, blurred vision, headache, gastro-intestinal disturbances and - less common but possible - tremor, convulsions, angioedema, bronchospasm, blood disorders, liver dysfunction, angle-closure glaucoma. (These are some examples; this list is not inclusive).

So initial vet input is essential before you give your dog chlorphenamine, and so is accuracy in dosage.
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Re: piriton for dogs

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First of all, forget the small dog/large dog recommendations - that is so inaccurate as to be dangerous. As I said earlier, how big is a big dog? How small is a small dog?

1/4 of a tablet per 10kg is the normal dose.

0.5mg per kg is the maximum dose that you can go to if symptoms are severe.

Hope that helps to clear it up. (apologies because I realise my first post didn't explain this very well and I've gone back and edited it)

However, as Paddyjulie so rightly points out, you really should be advised by your vet before you give chlorphenamine to your dog (and especially if you are giving more than the normal dose), just in case your dog has any underlying conditions where chlorphenamine would be used with caution or contra-indicated, such as enlarged prostate, any underlying disease that could cause urinary retention, a susceptibility to angle-closure glaucoma, or duodenal obstruction. (These are some examples; this list is not inclusive).

You also need to be aware that the larger the dose, the higher the incidence of side effects such as drowsiness, dry mouth, blurred vision, headache, gastro-intestinal disturbances and - less common but possible - tremor, convulsions, angioedema, bronchospasm, blood disorders, liver dysfunction, angle-closure glaucoma. (These are some examples; this list is not inclusive).

So initial vet input is essential before you give your dog chlorphenamine, and so is accuracy in dosage.

Thanks - I'm going to pop to the vets to ask the question - just to make sure everything is ok.
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Re: piriton for dogs

For those with very small breeds....I was told By my Vet to give my 6lb Chihuahua 0.5 ml of Piriton Syrup every 8 hours or 4 hourly max.... if necessary.

I should say that she was taken to the Vet and checked over for a severe skin reaction. The Vet gave her an antihistamine injection but the following morning the skin flared again. As it was a Sunday I called my Vet and the dosage above was given to me. All cleared up after a few days and the 8 hourly doses worked well.

I totally agree that small dog/large dog doses are likely to cause problems. I always calculate any medicines by weight of dog. After all...a 12lb dog is a small dog but 3 of my smaller dogs put together only just weigh 12lbs.
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Re: piriton for dogs

I guess its important that we all make sure we check with our vets before we give anything like this, even on a regular basis. Rupert gets Piriton as opposed to anything else because it goes on the insurance and its the type of drug my vets have in 24/7 so it doesn't need ordering.
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Re: piriton for dogs

I have a Jack Russell female 11 years old; she weighs 6 and a quarter kg's. My vet recommended her to take half of a piriton 4mg tablet i.e. 2mg in morning and 2mg at night, as and when required. Sometimes I just give her 2mg at night, as she seems more prone to itching/licking in her basket at night. It just seems to settle her and take the urge out of itching etc..

I also make use of Malaseb Shampoo; its prescription only via the vet or online.

Flamazine cream is very good as well; that vet prescribe that as well. Especially when the skin gets very red/raw looking from the contant licking/itching. Its anti bacterial I believe.

Good luck everyone!
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Re: piriton for dogs

my vet reccomended fifi takes 1/4 tab twice daily so that would be 1mg twice a day,she is 6.4kg at the moment (if i remember rightly what vet said her weight was haha) but she was slightly underweight when we first got her aswell so another weighing on wednesday might change it.
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Re: piriton for dogs

Cheap Piriton - http://pharmacy2u.co.uk
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