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Prednisone for Dogs

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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.

With dog food it can be hard to distill down to the actual allergen as it may only be a particular ingredient, so you may want to look for options in dog foods that are designed for low allergy potential. Here are some other steps to take nutritionally that will be sure to help.

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.

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 to improve your dog's health and reduce the need for prednisone perhaps altogether. Make sure to consult with your vet before taking your dog off prednisone.

1. Raw & Grain Free Dog Food.
Target a diet that eliminates ingredients that lead to food allergies. Dogs just aren't equipped to digest grains, and raw food is simply superior over a processed diet. Feeding Nusentia Raw & Grain Free will help streamline your dog's health by avoiding food irritants to your dog's body.

2. Omega-3 Fish Oil Liquid
Fish oil provides essential fatty acids which can help reduce inflammation caused by dog food allergies and inhalant allergies.† Celavin™ is an ultra-pure omega-3 fish oil for dogs with proven benefits.

3. Dermix™, a nutrition formula (Allergy, Skin and Coat)
Contains anti-oxidant 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.

4. Probiotic Miracle®
Probiotics combat gastrointestinal disorders which is a side effect of prednisone. Larger doses of Probiotic Miracle may be in order during and after prednisone therapy.

4. Enzyme Miracle®
Digestive enzymes can help reduce the inflammatory response induced from digestion, as well as prevent metabolic enzymes from being robbed from critical body functions. The result is better overall health.


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† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using this product.

* Disclaimer: The entire contents of this website are based upon the opinions of the site owner, unless otherwise noted. The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of our experts and community. We encourage you to make your own health care decisions for your pet based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified veterinarian or health care professional.

Disclaimer: Individual results may vary from animal to animal. It is your responsibility to discuss this information with your vet and make sure it is appropriate for you pet's health. The information is not a substitute for an examination, checkup, or treatment when your pet has a health problem.