For the pet owner, a serious discussion with your dog's vet is critical in understanding proper use of prednisone and its possible side effects. The list is long and one has to weigh the possible results against the possible side effects. In the past, it was the pet owner's insistence on immediate relief of symptoms that made prednisone the drug of choice for anti-inflammatory action. Today's pet owners are better educated and wiser about long term issues that can be detrimental. Other drugs and treatment options make it possible to alleviate symptoms in the mildly allergic dog without resorting to steroid treatment and should be tried for a period of weeks, even months, before giving up. These options would include a better understanding of day to day attention to environmental factors, improved diet that will build up immunity and often the simple matter of keeping the dog inside in an air conditioned environment during seasonal allergic reactions. When steroid treatment is absolutely needed, the sooner the drug regimen can be completed the better. While steroids may alleviate symptoms, they are not a cure.
I am a chronic patient of breathing disorders bordering on asthma. I still remember the day, which is around three months from today. It was another attack of bronchitis and I was taken to my family doctor. On the way I the breathing problem aggravated and I could find my choking and desperately gasping for breath. My mother helped me with the usual inhaler containing some bronchodilators which never seemed to work. I thought it was all over for me. I was rushed to the doctors’ chamber who immediately put me on Prednisone and things dramatically improved after an hour or so. I am happy with the drug.
Do not stop giving your pet these drugs abruptly, as this can have life-threatening consequences. Ask your vet about weaning your dog off of them slowly. You should let your veterinarian know if your dog is on any other medications, as these can react badly with prednisone or prednisolone. A vet should be consulted for dogs that are pregnant, and puppies that are too young should not get these drugs as they can inhibit growth and cause other problems. Diabetic dogs should also not take them. Overdose can lead to itching, seizures, loss of hearing, weakness, anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, or heart problems. Follow your veterinarian’s dosage guidelines and contact your vet if you see signs of any serious symptoms.