Using Dexamethasone For Dogs

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This article contains information about the use of dexamethasone for dogs, including the dosage, safety guidelines and more.

Dexamethasone is a versatile drug which may be used to treat dogs suffering from allergy and inflammation along with various other conditions. This medicine is a corticosteroid with a mechanism which reduces inflammation, swelling and redness. You will need to visit the vet before administering this medicine to your dog.

Dexamethasone dosage for dogs

 
The dosage of dexamethasone is specific to each dog and each case, and can only be given by a qualified vet. Special instructions may be supplied when use of the drug is to be prolonged for multiple weeks.

Is dexamethasone safe for dogs?

 
Dexamethasone is a safe substance when used correctly under veterinary guidance. However, as a corticosteroid, there are several safety precautions to keep in mind.

Safety precautions

  • Never use this medication without first visiting your vet for guidance and approval
  • Notify the vet of any medical conditions your dog suffers from including heart and liver disease
  • Avoid use in pregnant or lactating pets unless advised otherwise by your vet
  • Do not mix with NSAIDs such as Rimadyl (carprofen) for dogs or steroid type drugs such as prednisone
  • Store at room temperature

Stick to the specific instructions provided by your vet. Do not mix this medicine with other drugs without first seeking approval from a professional. Do not inject live vaccines during treatment or administer to dogs suffering from a systemic fungal infection. Don’t stop treatment suddenly, dexamethasone should be tapered off. Your vet will be able to help you with this process. Be sure to follow all of his or her instructions carefully.

Uses of dexamethasone for dogs

 
Dexamethasone is a corticosteroid which may be prescribed by vets to treat:

  • Allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Inflammation (including colitis)
  • Swelling

Side effects of dexamethasone when given to dogs

 
Common side effects of dexamethasone includes gastric upset (vomiting and/or diarrhea), hyperglycemia, fatigue, increased thirst and increased frequency of urination. Muscle loss, weakness, adrenal misfunction and poor healing abilities may become apparent after periods of prolonged use.

Discontinue use and seek emergency veterinary care if your dog suffers any severe reactions to this substance.


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