Triamcinolone For Treating Skin Conditions In Dogs
This article covers the use of the drug triamcinolone in dogs. Read on for information about side effects, dosages, safety precautions and more.
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Triamcinolone is a corticosteroid medication which can help to treat several aspects of skin conditions including itching. Triamcinolone is the generic drug name of Vetalog and Panalog, and requires a prescription to buy. There are several risks if you do not use the medication correctly, and stopping treatment abruptly may be harmful.
Triamcinolone dosage for dogs
The regular dosage of traimcinolone for dogs is between 0.05mg per pound, to 0.1mg per pound. Frequency of administration of the drug varies depending on veterinary instruction, but is generally twice a day (once every 12 hours). Remember to always give the drug with food to avoid stomach upset in your dog. The drug may also be provided via injection, either from your vet, or with instruction from your vet. Alternatively, you may be provided the drug in topical form for use on eczema. Because concentration of the drug varies, you should consult with your vet. Typically you will apply a pea sized amount to the affected areas.
Is triamcinolone safe for dogs?
Whilst not as safe as natural skin disease cures, triamcinolone, when administered under guidance of a vet, is indeed safe for use in pets such as dogs. There are several things you must be aware of, however, to ensure the safety of this drug when given to your dog.
- Store triamcinolone at room temperature away from moisture and light
- Do not discontinue use unless directed to do so by a vet
- Do not stop giving the medication abruptly, triamcinolone should be tapered off
- Notify the vet if your dog is suffering with an infection (and any other medical conditions he or she may be afflicted with)
- Always see a vet before giving your dog this drug
Triamcinolone will reduce your dog’s ability to fight infection, which is why it is sometimes used to reduce swelling in such cases, or in cases of trauma. You must always visit the vet before use, and notify your vet of all medical conditions your dog is suffering with, as well as medication he or she is on due to the many drugs which interact with triamcinolone. Never use triamcinolone without a prescription.
Uses of triamcinolone for dogs
Triamcinolone has many uses, such as the treatment of:
- Skin conditions
- Immune system disorders
- Endocrine disorder
Side effects of triamcinolone use in dogs
Several conditions may cause adverse reactions to the drug including (but not limited to) kidney, heart and liver disease, glaucoma, Cushing’s disease and stomach ulcers. There is evidence that links the use of this drug with the development of Cushing’s disease in dogs, especially in longer term use. For this reason, you should only use the drug when necessary and seek guidance from a vet when doing so.