PetMeds® Treating Itchy Hot Spots on Your Dog

hot-spots-wheaton-terrier Recently I was presented with a question of an itchy Wheaton Terrier who gets many hot spots from licking her tail along with flakey spots.  She is already on a supposed low allergy diet and is on topical flea medication. The common reasons why such a pet is still often itchy, include other type of allergies known as inhalant/contact allergies to molds, grasses, trees, dander and pollens.

Pets with these types of allergies often need either antihistamines orally such as Benadryl or Chlorpheniramine or sometimes stronger oral prescription medication such as Prednisone or Temaril-P. Some pets will need oral antibiotics as well to treat secondary bacterial skin infections. Many pets with these itchy hot spots respond to topical preparations like Corticare lotion or shampoo, as well as adding fatty acids such as to the daily diet.

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  1. I notice that you do not carry Temaril-P anymore . I purchased it fom you 2 months ago, but can’t bring it up anymore. Can you explain this? It’s the only thing that has worked on my dog. Thank you in advance for your attention to my problem.

  2. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 11, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    I would check with 1800petmeds pharmacist on why this is no longer available.

  3. This is what i got on here to look for Temaril-P hope you have it. Email me if i can oder this from

  4. Karen, I tried to email you but it came back saying there was no such account. I copied and pasted your address and checked to make sure it matched.

  5. My dog is also dependent on Temaril-P or else he will scratch himself until he bleeds… Or worse.

    One veterinarian told me they were “not supposed to prescribe it for long-term use anymore” and another actually called Pfizer for me and was told there are no new prescribing requirements but that the medication was on backorder.

    I’d tend to believe that Pfizer would know best, as they manufacture Temaril-P. I’m hoping 1800petmeds gets it back once it’s off backorder, but it was very strange how it just disappeared like that.

    1-800-petmeds should have contacted their customers who have been ordering it monthly when they pulled the meds. I ended up in a bind where I was out of state and had no more pills for my dog.

  6. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 26, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    1800petmeds has no control over pfizer’s manufacturing policies. Most vets across country are experiencing same problem with temaril p. Most likely will need to ask your vet to change prescription to low dose prednisone at lowest effective daily or every other day dose.

  7. That’s so not the point.

    They had it in stock, then they didn’t. Regardless of where the shortage is occurring (Pfizer admits it’s on backorder), 1800petmeds has a duty to their customers to let them know that their next refill might not be fillable due to the fact that it’s out of stock, no matter the reason.

  8. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 27, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    I understand your concerns and complaint.

  9. Would you please e-mail me whenever Temaril become available again…..THANKS!!

  10. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 2, 2011 at 7:38 am

    I dont think it will be available in the near future. I would ask your vet for a script for a different alternative like low dose oral prednisone or prescription antihistamine like hydroxyzine. Remember topical bathing a few times weekly can also help lessen signs of allergies and hot spots.

  11. I am finding it very funny that T-P was pulled and NO ONE can answer as to when it will be back. Seems someone should be able to get info. My dog is suffering without it, and all other meds that cost less than an arm and a leg do not work. If you are going to resommend Benedryl, at least put the dosage with the info. Please notify me at least when you have a REASON for Temp=p being just plain gone! Thanks

  12. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 7, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Benadryl dose is one mg per pound twice daily. As for issue with temaril p, it is a drug manufacturer issue and not a supplier issue or something 1800petmeds can tell you about. I would also consider trying low dose prednisone if antihistamines dont help. Often allergic dogs can be tapered to low dose every other to every third day prednisone.

  13. Doc, my dog gets skin allergies from time to time and has been prescribed Temaril-P and a few other drugs in the past for it, one of which was an injection. I can’t remember the other drugs names and it looks like Temeral is not available. Is there something else I can get on PetMeds?

  14. need a replacement for temaril. my dog itches her eyes until they bleed. she needs 1 -5mg tab per day. Any less the eyes get worse. HELP

  15. need an alternative to temaril. for long term use

  16. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 12, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    I would speak with your vet about low dose alternative day prednisone therapy. Antihistamines likely wont help as well in case like this. Other option would be prescription atopica.

  17. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 12, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    See response given in your other posting.

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  19. great service just fax my vet for approval

  20. Please advise as to what mg is considered low-dose prednisone. Thank you.

  21. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianFebruary 3, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    This will vary depending on the dog, but usually 1/8 mg per pound daily to every other day is fairly low dose.

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