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Prednisone?

BernerLver
April 24th, 2006, 02:51 PM
Has any one had to put their dog on this drug? My big guy has sores all over his body that we are trying to clear up.

I originally thought they were hot spots but the vet has confirmed they are not. Hydrogen peroxide and anti-itch powder worked to dry up some of the spots but he has made a real mess of the ones he can reach to lick etc.

I think he may have seasonal allergies as he also licks and chews on his front paws quite a bit.

The vet recommended this drug also to heal his lip poderma that does not seem to want to fully heal regarless of how diligent we are in cleaning and applying ointment to the area.

I would appreacite any and all thoughts or feedback. I would really love to get my guy healed up but don't want to go to extreme measures if its not necessary.

Loki
April 24th, 2006, 03:44 PM
My vet put my dog on Prednisone after surgery for mast cell. The drug caused a few side-effects. He was EXTREMELY hungry and thirsty. He also urinated and panted much more than usual. All in all, my dog handled it really well.

If I remember correctly, prednisone can cause problems (liver for example) if used for extended periods of time, but is reasonably safe in small doses for short periods. When you take the dog off prednisone, you should wean
them off the drug slowly. My vet said it was dangerous to just cut them off cold turkey.

coppperbelle
April 24th, 2006, 06:44 PM
Chloe has been on prednisone a couple of times when she had severe skin infections. She took it along with antibiotics. Together they worked well to clear up the problem and help with the terrible itching.

Lucky Rescue
April 24th, 2006, 07:32 PM
My dog took a short course of Prednisone every August for his seasonal allergies. Stopped his itching, which was severe, and didn't seem to harm him, although prednisone long term is rather deadly.

My vet said it was dangerous to just cut them off cold turkey.

Yes. Very important.

OntarioGreys
April 24th, 2006, 08:58 PM
As mentioned short term is okay but when given long term can have serious side effects that can lead to death, it happened to my cocker year ago before I learned this, I now figure that what he had was a thyroid problem based on the symptom he had.
Some of the things you can look at is allergies, thyroid function and autoimmune diseases

BernerLver
April 25th, 2006, 08:37 AM
Thanks to everyone for their feedback. This would be only short term to alleviate his itching and allow him to heal.

The vet took blood last week to check his liver prior to starting just to ensure everything would be ok.

I will ensure to remember the weening off advice. I will chat with the pharmacist at the drugstore just to fully understand what that process should be once the time comes.

Thanks again. :)

Rottielover
April 25th, 2006, 08:49 AM
I will never give predisone. It is a steroid. Very harmful. Can actually do alot more harm than good. Can you go to a hollistic human store. They have many things that can help you for your dog. When Harley had many hot spots on his chest, they tried to give him steroids, I refused and did it naturally. One thing I did do is clean it with witch hazel. Natuaral cleanser. OMG did it work. That you can by at pharmaprix.
Keep researching before opting for steroids.

losinsusan
April 25th, 2006, 06:56 PM
I agree, using it to treat my dogs skin problems made getting clean bloodwork for months afterwards impossible. And shot up his liver levels big time. See a vet dermatologist and find out what is wrong. Biopsy the sore. Why guess. ITs too expensive and not good for your dog to experiment. Trust someone who spent over 5000 dollars to save her dog. See a vet specialist and find out what is wrong first. Then treat it. Its cheaper in the long run and safer for your pet.

OntarioGreys
April 25th, 2006, 08:32 PM
If you have any concerns your vet can do some bloodwork and check the liver values prior to starting the prednisone, I know in the US it seem common to hear of vets checking the bloodwork first before starting, than here in Canada