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Prednisone There is not a more widely used as well as widely misunderstood drug used in veterinary medicine than the use of oral prednisone. Since many of the chronic diseases treated in small animal veterinary medicine are often due to an overactive immune system response, whether talking about skin/ear allergies, chronic digestive tract inflammation, chronic respiratory or coughing issues, and even inflammation of the brain and spine, this drug is often prescribed by many veterinarians for these various conditions. It is important for animal guardians to understand that when using a drug like prednisone, we are often treating symptomatically, where we dont know or understand the cause of the chronic problems of these various organ systems in most cases. . In other words we are often quickly bandaiding the symptoms but not often addressing the underlying causes of the problems that often elude even the most intense diagnostic search. . . Except for what are called autoimmune diseases, where the body literally attacks its own tissues, such as the red blood cells or platelets, leading to life threatening blood disorders, or the joints in diseases like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, the use of prednisone can often be curative in those conditions as the immune system is so overactive that the life of the animal can be at risk. However it is important for veterinarians to always look for underlying causes of any of these various disorders, so that cure is more likely, and to avoid the occasional side effects seen when this drug is used long term. When prednisone is overused topically and/or orally, side effects can include excessive thirst/urination/appetite, and panting, as well as a thinning of the skin, and weakening of the bones and ligaments of the body, in addition to predisposing to secondary infections particularly of the urinary tract, as well as in occasional cases of diabetes. If used in high doses or for long periods, digestive tract ulceration and bleeding can also occur. However if prednisone is used in appropriate fashions for the above chronic conditions, where the oral dose is tapered to the lowest effective dose to control clinical signs, hopefully every other or every third day in those chronic incurable conditions, than many dogs can remain on this drug long term. The most important point to understand, however, is that when on this drug long term, periodic blood and urine testing should be monitored to detect any early side effects. And while I try and use other milder drugs and various supplements or antihistamines listed on the 1800petmeds website , in some very severe skin allergies with incessant itching, sometimes low dose prednisone is the only drug that can truly get the itch under control for symptomatic relief for the animals at a reasonable cost, without resorting to very expensive drugs like atopica or trips to veterinary dermatologists which can cost hundreds to even thousands of dollars long term. I certainly prefer low dose infrequent dosing of prednisone to control chronic clinical signs over the long acting cortisone injections that many vets use, which indeed have more significant side effects and risks outlined above. While taking everything above into account, and with adequate monitoring, I give prednisone an overall rating of a 5 with an ease of use of a 5 as well. 08/10/2009
Dosage This medication has to be used for the rest of my dog's life Once the dosage was adjusted to fit her needs the drug works great and no more side effects 12/20/2014
Llil'Bit is doing fine. she has quit her coughing with the predisone pills. 08/27/2014
Works for her. Gretchen has had a relapse and the Prednisone has been increased to 1 every day, . I read your summary and would like to know her prognosis for the daily dose and is there any other medication for her MMM ? 08/15/2014
Great for FIV + cat My elederly cat has FIV and EVERY summer gets a scaly and bloody nose die to mosquito allergy. Oral prednisone is the oNLY treatment that keeps the reaction at bay. I dose as little as I can, and wait the hottest months out here in FL. Thank God for it! 05/26/2014
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Answer:The dose of prednisone can vary depending on what it is being used to treat. Speak to your veterinarian to determine the most appropriate dose for your pet.
Also, what do you think about the vet not explaining ANYTHING about the dosage, side effects, and if it is ok to take with the rimadyl our dog is currently on? We were given a 30 day supply of Prednisone. Immediate side effects of increased thirst/urgent frequent urination and panting after 1 dose. Stool does seem to be improving after a few days of being on this drug but wondering if the side effects are worth it.
Answer:Although steroids have many side effects, they are still the drug of choice for many types
of inflammatory conditions. The thing is they will be used short term. I think you should call
your vet and demand to get the answers you are entitled to get. There is an interaction with giving the
Rimadyl together with the steroid. You need to know what the vet wants you to do for safe pain
relief for your pet over the next 30 days. You have every right to call back and get answers. Perhaps the vet will be glad you did also. I hope it was just a misunderstanding on a busy day
Best of Luck to you !! Hope your pet gets well soon !!
Answer:Sometimes they are white or pink.There seems to be no difference.
Answer:There are many generic companies that make tablets with the same active ingredient, for
example.....prednisone, but each company creates an entirely different looking tablet in regards to
size, color and coding. Some companies may carry all white tablets in prednisone from 1 mg to
50mg, but the size and coding will be different. If you have any concerns that the tablets you have
received are " not right"...there is no harm in checking with your pharmacy to see if they are now
carrying a new generic.
my dog is a 14year old,40 lbs female, diagnosed with chronic bronchitis which flares up during spring and winter. the coughing is strong and excessive. She is also on Theophyline and syrup Hydrocodone..anything else I can try to help with this?
Answer:Prednisone is sometimes prescribed during flare ups to reduce the inflammation; however, you will need to talk to your veterinarian to see if it would be appropriate for your pet.
Answer:When my Shih Tzu has her allergies...Benedryl, child dose seems to work.
Answer:we have some over the counter products which may help control the itching and provide
relief for your pet. We carry diphenhydramine which is a good antihistamine for pets with allergies. Also we have shampoos such as BE SOOTHED and sprays such as Excel hydrocortisone spray. In addition, omega oil capsules and supplements will decrease dryness and flaking. We carry a few varieties.Please call us with any more questions. We are happy to help !
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