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Prednisone for Dogs

prednisone for dogs

Prednisone for Dogs


Prednisone for dogs is a corticosteroid that is used often as an immunosuppressant drug in the treatment of a number of dog illnesses. This makes prednisone an effective treatment option for autoimmune diseases, which are caused by an overactive immune system attacking different organs in the body.

Prednisone for Dogs Uses:

  • Excessive itching
  • Hives
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Kidney disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Crohn's disease
  • Addison's disease
  • Ulcers
  • Tumors

In spite of the many uses of prednisone for dogs to treat various canine illnesses, excessive use of prednisone for dogs can cause side effects, ranging from mild to severe.

Prednisone for Dogs Side Effects

Like all drugs, the benefits of prednisone are generally accompanied by side effects and should not be considered as a long term solution to your dog's problem or symptom. It is important to know the facts about prednisone if you are giving it currently, or thinking about giving prednisone to your dog.

Read: Prednisone for Dogs: Dealing with the Side Effects

List of Side Effects

  • Excessive Thirst and Hunger
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders: diarrhea, vomiting, stomach ulcers, and general gastrointestinal discomfort
  • Joint Inflammation
  • Eye Diseases: poor eyesight, glaucoma, and cataracts
  • Muscle Wasting and Fatigue
  • Behavioral Changes
  • Skin and Hair Coat Problems
  • Diabetes 
  • Canine Cushing's Disease

Dealing with Prednisone Side Effects

  • Reduce Duration: Short-term use of prednisone is preferred if possible.
  • Use Natural Supplements: key supplements may be used to ameliorate or improve some of the lesser side effects of prednisone.
    • Use Probiotics to combat gastrointestinal disorders
    • Use fish oil to reduce joint Inflammation
  • Support Skin & Coat Side Effects: Use fish oil and skin and coat formulas that provide an array of vitamins, minerals, and key amino acids.
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Prednisone for Dogs Alternatives

Depending on the condition, there may be alternatives to using prednisone for dogs. Generally speaking the conditions associated with use of prednisone have to do with an increase in an inflammatory response. Below are some basic steps you can try.

1. Target a diet that eliminates food allergies. Removing grains and feeding raw can improve these symptoms among other health benefits. Nusentia Raw and Grain Free™ is a dehydrated, raw, grain-free dog food which is ideal for all dogs, but especially those with allergies.

2. Add omega-3 fish oil to your dog's diet. Fish oil provides essential fatty acids which can help reduce inflammation. Allow 8 weeks to notice the full effect of fish oil supplementation for your dog. Celavin™ is an ultra-pure omega-3 fish oil for dogs.
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3. Use Dermix™, a nutritional formula (Allergy, Skin and Coat) which contains antioxidant compounds, such as, beta-carotene, bioflavonoids, vitamins C and E, selenium, and sulfur-containing amino acids, which are needed to protect the body from the tremendous increase in free radicals that takes place during an inflammatory process.
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4. Use probiotics to combat gastrointestinal disorders which is a side effect of prednisone. Larger doses of Probiotic Miracle may be in order during and after prednisone therapy.
Learn more about Probiotic Miracle»

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