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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
Isn't working like I hoped Our cat, Tiger has been on prednisone for a long time and it really doesn't affect him much. I will probably have to take him to our vet for skin tests. 09/23/2013
Prednisone is a lifesaver for summer skin problems.Riley used to spend most of the day scratching but after Prednisone, problem solved. 07/24/2013
This product is working great Being that the Prednisone is now the only medication that Chase has to take now since he came down with Autoimmune Disease, it is working great. He no longer has to take the Cyclosporine, and is making his red blood cells now on his own. He is a miracle dog! 05/03/2013
Works very well Guy is an 18 year old golden retriever/mutt mix with an awesome disposition and loving spirit. Unfortunately he suffered from incessant itching. First we tried all the different flea medications...topical and systemic. He still itched! The vet discovered small tumor like growths and the animal clinic charged me a lot of money to do blood work, xrays, etc($780). She recommended surgery to remove the growths (said they were histamine filled sacks) at a cost of over $1000 dollars. We did not do the surgery so the vet had us try OTC antihistamines and benadryl. Then his hair fell out in chunks (could have made a blanket with the sweeping each morning). Then tried some other prescription antihistamine that cost $80 per month....it worked but couldn't afford that. Finally tried 10 mg prednisone each morning and got great relief....no more itching or hair loss!! We understand the risks of long term use but he is a happy, old dog, lovin' life! Along with the prednisone we continue to use topical flea control medications to make sure fleas are not contributing to his itching. Again, the animal clinic (VCA) tried to charge me $2.00 for each 20 mg tablet this last visit and I got it for 29 cents a tablet from petmeds. Thank you petmeds! I only wish I didn't have to go to the vet each year to renew ($49 visit). 04/22/2013
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My vet perscribed my dog 10mg of Prednisone and it says to give half a tablet at a time. He has been throwing up every since I started giving it to him. Could this be because of it being cut in half?
Has your pet ever switched from using Prednisalone to Prednisone? If so, were there any differences in your pet's condition using Prednisone, such as how your pet was able to tolerate the Prednisone, was it as effective as the Prednisalone?
Answer:¬†Prednisolone is the active metabolite of Prednisone. Prednisone is converted in a pet's liver to the Prednisolone. The way a pet tolerate's the switch from one version of the drug to another, is based on the pet's individualized response.
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