Dosage Of Prednisone For Dogs

The article below details the dosage, side effects, safety information and more of the corticosteroid drug prednisone for dogs. Please read carefully before giving the drug to your dog.

Prednisone is a popular and versatile corticosteroid used to treat many different illnesses, most notably inflammation. The drug works by suppressing the immune system, but it may have several adverse effects. Prednisone should only ever be used under the strict guidance of a licensed vet who will adjust the dosage of the medication throughout your pet’s treatment.

This medication is associated with a variety of side effects, especially if your dog suffers from pre-existing medical conditions such as glaucoma, if your pet develops any severe adverse reactions it’s important that you get in touch with your vet immediately.

Prednisone dosage for dogs

The dosage administered is usually dependant on the condition which your pet is suffering with. Certain conditions will call for higher doses whereas others may only need a small amount for adequate relief. For this reason it is vital to seek veterinary advice prior to use, and only use the drug exactly as prescribed. Prednisone is often manufactured as 1 mg, 2 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg and 50 mg pills scored down the middle to allow for splitting into halves. The dosage is typically adjusted depending on how your pet reacts to the drug.

Is prednisone safe for dogs?

Prednisone is safe for dogs when used responsibly under guidance from a vet. Because the prednisone dosage for dogs is often adjusted based on your dog’s reaction to the drug, you should notify your vet of any side effects your dog experiences so he or she can evaluate the situation and possibly suggest an alteration to the dose. Typical side effects to look out for includes breathing problems, notify your vet immediately, typically they will lower the dosage in such circumstances though it is a common side effect even in the correct dosage.

Safety precautions

  • Notify the vet of all other conditions your dog is suffering from
  • Notify the vet of all other medication your dog is taking
  • Use only under the approval and guidance of the vet
  • Do not stop use of this drug suddenly
  • Store at room temperature protected from light and heat
  • Consider avoiding use in pregnant or nursing dogs

Many medical conditions can cause problems when using prednisone in dogs including glaucoma, diarrhea, thyroid disease, heart, liver or kidney disease, fungal infection and tuberculosis (TB) just to name a few. For this reason it’s vital you notify the vet of any illnesses which your dog suffers with. Remember to always taper off the drug.

Uses of prednisone for dogs

Prednisone is an incredibly versatile drug, and can be used to treat a whole host of ailments including:

  • Breathing problems
  • Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia (AIHA)
  • Allergies
  • Inflammation
  • Arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Cancer

It is also commonly prescribed for emergency use to dogs taking Lysodren.

Side effects when administering prednisone for dogs

Unfortunately, prednisone can lead to many side effects. The most notable side effects include shortness of breath and dramatically increased frequency of urination. If you notice these side effects, notify your vet so they can consider alterations to the dose. If any severe side effects become noticable, you should seek veterinary attention urgently. Side effects you should contact your vet immediately upon noticing includes wild mood changes, blurred vision, swelling, blood in stools (or coughing up blood), irregular heartbeat, seizure and vomiting. More common side effects you can expect are insomnia, weight gain, bruising, headaches and stomach pain. The video below shows a pet on prednisone for dogs, note the increased urination which you should expect.

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