Piriton for Dogs

(27 Posts)
NemoIsLost Sat 24-Aug-19 09:48:07

Has anyone used piriton for their dog? ours has an itchy belly and have been advised to give him a piriton once a day. I'm just abit scared to give him a human medicine.

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Letsnotargue Sat 24-Aug-19 09:51:26

We used to give our greyhound piriton - it really helped with his allergies (occasionally grass, and the occasional bee sting) and he suffered no ill effects from it. I think it’s routinely recommended for dogs (but if you buy it from a pharmacy don’t say it’s for a dog or they can’t sell it to you)

MustBeThin Sat 24-Aug-19 09:52:24

Yes my dog has taken them on and off for years! If the pharmacy asks what they are for, don't say they are for your dog. They can be a bit funny about it even though vets tell you to use them. I'd also reccomend Yumega Itchy Dog, its really good.

BiteyShark Sat 24-Aug-19 09:57:57

Yes and was prescribed it by my vet as BiteyDog gets runny nose and eyes this time every year. I think it's the flowering weeds and fungus spores that set him off.

When he is really bad he has one tablet twice a day but otherwise just needs one to keep it under control.

I only give him actual piriton as I think the other drugs like piriteze contains 'other stuff' which I don't think dogs can have.

OverInfestedBadger Sat 24-Aug-19 10:00:42

Yes, normal actual piriton is fine

Trixya Sat 24-Aug-19 10:01:47

Yes I've done this under the recommendation of our vet smile

Raindancer411 Sat 24-Aug-19 10:14:07

You would not believe just how many of our meds are also ok for animals. Sister and a friend give this to their dogs and my dog has had zantac for acid issues

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caranx Sat 24-Aug-19 10:29:43

Yes I've used it occasionally.

Make sure its Piriton, not Piriteaze as they are similarly packaged and I found it confusing in the shop.

NemoIsLost Sat 24-Aug-19 11:25:47

thanks everyone, that's put my mind at ease. Nemodog has an itchy belly and runny eyes so it's worth a try. Also heard soaking him in bath of Apple cider vinegar helps. Although how you get a 30kg dog to soak in a bath I don't knowgrin

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NemoIsLost Sun 25-Aug-19 19:26:57

Well the piriton has seemed to make him more itchy confused
I guess a trip to the vet is calling....

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Honeyroar Sun 25-Aug-19 22:21:48

You need to see the vet first really. Do you know what's causing the itching? (sounds v like one of mine that has grass allergies)

NemoIsLost Sun 25-Aug-19 23:05:27

I don't know what's causing it honeyroar
he's 7 months old and the last few weeks he really starting itching his belly, nowhere else just belly. I'm assuming allergy of some kind. Will phone vet on Tuesday

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NemoIsLost Sun 25-Aug-19 23:09:00

What do you do to help with your dog Honey?

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Honeyroar Sun 25-Aug-19 23:19:33

We give her a piriton a day (she's a terrier cross), Yumega itchy dog oil, feed a grain free food (James Wellbeloved fish or turkey and veg flavour only) and keep her off grass as much as possible. Bath her in allergy shampoo or baby shampoo. Wipe (around) itchy eyes with sensitive baby wipes. On very itchy days we wipe her belly and legs with the wipes and rub on a tea tree and aloe cream/gel (best thing we've found is Udder cream, which is used on cattle teats or horse's legs - found in feed/equestrian shops/eBay). We've never actually tested for exactly what she's allergic to, our vet said it would come back as allergic to many things (and be expensive) and it was better to remove the most common allergy causing things from her environment and see what happened.

Re the piriton, it might not be that making her itch more, if it's some kind of grass or pollen it might be that you've been outside more in the good weather, or she's laid down on grass in the sun, for example, so she's itching more..

FairfaxAikman Sun 25-Aug-19 23:24:54

Try Stinky Stuff. Smelly but works wonders

BiteyShark Mon 26-Aug-19 06:28:41

Probably a good idea for a vet visit to rule out anything obvious and to discuss recommended approaches.

When BiteyDog is really bad I need to load him up on piriton and then reduce it once his symptoms start to improve but this was because my vet suggested it and to return if that didn't help.

NemoIsLost Wed 28-Aug-19 18:14:39

UPDATE if anyone is interested......
The vet said it's some kind of allergy, not fleas, mites or ringworm. He has scratched the skin and caused an infection. we have 2 weeks of antibiotics and steroids to try, then go from there.

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Bunnybigears Wed 28-Aug-19 18:17:53

It could be an allergy to grass seeds, my old Ddog used to have this and it mostly affected her belly. We used Piriton after the vet recommended it, to be honest we didnt see it make much difference but neither did the expensive steroids either.

NemoIsLost Wed 28-Aug-19 19:21:21

The vet said piriton wasn't anywhere near strong enough. He did mention a vaccine if this continues to be a problem. I think this could be expensiveconfused

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joystir59 Sat 31-Aug-19 21:42:45

My dog has Apoquel for his itchy skin, which he gets from the summer grass. Apoquel is very expensive but really does the job

Raindancer411 Tue 03-Sep-19 22:04:48

Bless nemodog

NemoIsLost Thu 19-Sep-19 07:38:26

Update
we went back to the vet for a check last week, saw a different vet which is abit annoying as they all have different views. Anyway, she said he needed another 2 weeks of antibiotics as she could still see spots under his skin.
So that's 4 weeks of antibiotics and 3 weeks of steroids.
The steroids finished yesterday and we have another week or so of antibiotics.
He has the odd scratch but nowhere near as bad. So I wonder where we go from here? We have another check up next week.

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Catsrus Thu 19-Sep-19 08:04:30

I agree that Apoquel is worth a try. Worked brilliantly for my terrier X until we worked out what his issues were - ie flea allergy PLUS an allergy to the Advocate we were using to treat them! He's now on Advantage and hasn't needed the Apoquel for years.

NemoIsLost Thu 19-Sep-19 17:29:35

I will definitely be mentioning Apoquel when we visit the vet. I'm pretty sure it's an allergy of some kind but don't know what. His eyes are sometimes red and watery and he sometimes has as light dandruff on his coat (black)
I'm also wondering if a months worth of antibiotics is a bit much🤔

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Lonecatwithkitten Fri 20-Sep-19 09:17:24

A months worth of antibiotics is a pretty normal course for a deep pyoderma ( when you can see pustules). The advice is to give antibiotics for 7 days beyond when the pustules have disappeared to ensure all the bacteria are gone and reduce the risk of resistance developing. 6-8 week courses are not uncommon for these kinds of infections.

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