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6/6/14 2:38 A

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Yes, weaning off Prednisone is extremely important so make sure to follow doctor's/vet's orders exactly.
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6/5/14 5:53 P

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I gave prednisone to my Newfie for skin allergies. The vet took her off them after a while, and we fed her Avoderm dog food. She was allergic to grass. She did well, and we did not have to go back to prednisone.

My husband is on prednisone now for bronchitis, and he has insomnia, is hyper active, and aggressive and cranky. He is weaning off it now, and he is getting much nicer! I don't know about dogs, but with people you have to wean them off prednisone or else they get adrenal depletion.

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Thanks for all the replies. We started out with Benadryl but that doesnt help. She was on a low dose of prednisone. Just every other day but once allergy started she got worse so they said to give it to her once a day for now. She is only thirsty like that when on the prednisone. A friend told me that the prednisone could stay in her system for awhile. I did hear something about the coconut oil for the dogs. Last time we were at the vet they mentioned a new medicine that is doing pretty well but they didnt have it for her size yet. I will have to check up on that. Thanks again.

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6/5/14 10:29 A

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all medications can have a negative impact depending on the dogs system

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One of my previous dogs had severe allergies especially on his front legs, he was on Prednisone and ended up with severe steroid induced diabetes.

If it is an allergy problem there are many other things the vet can try other than steroids, even acupuncture has been known to help.

Thirst in a dog is also a sign of high blood pressure which can lead to kidney problems, the vet really needs to check into this and put your dog onto blood pressure meds ASAP if this is a problem.

If the irritation is on the legs, perhaps you should try washing the affected parts in a medicated soap or wash after they have been outside. You never know it might stop the problem (at least the source) and allow your dog some comfort.

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I have a 6 month old golden/lab with skin allergies. itching all the time. I had someone suggest coconut oil. It looks like lard and really has no flavor I melt a tablespoon a day and pour it over her food. It seems to be helping. when we rescued her from the shelter she had chewed all of the hair of of the back of her legs, also the vet said the chewing gets to be a habit, so I bought kids sweatpants cut the crotch seam out from front to back, so they are just to legs with a waist band and put them on her when she starts biting and chewing. She can go potty with them on like that. At least it protects her skin from alot of the biting. But we sure have made people laugh when the come over and see her!

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We have a Hound that has food and outdoor allergies. We initially had a blood test to find out exactly what he was allergic too, then started him on Allercept (serum) for his allergies.. I had to give him shots. It started off once a week, and eventually we got him down to once a month. The last two years Henley hasn't needed the Allercept at all. We do give him Benadryl twice and day. You may not be able to afford a blood test, and I understand. I would look into giving your dog Benadryl though. Bridget also has a good idea to try and find out which foods your dog is allergic to by eliminating foods. Henley is allergic to the usual wheat and corn that is in dry dog food and dog treats. We also found out he is allergic to soy, barley, and egg products. We were amazed on how many dog treats list those ingredients. Not saying your dog will be that bad, but just something to think about if you buy dog treats. There is one dog treat we can buy, and that is Wet Noses Pumpkin Treats. We also make our own dog treats. Hope you can find out what is going on with your Pug. emoticon

p.s. Henley was on Predisone for a short time not long ago, and he didn't pee or poop in the house. Wish I could be of more help.

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Excess thirst and hunger are common side effects of prednisone and other steroids. Immediately let the vet know as they will probably wean the dog off it and switch to something else. Steroids are not a good idea for long-term management. Finding the reason for the reaction and removing it is better if possible. You may want to talk to your vet about whether your dog could be on Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and at which dose. It has far fewer side effects. Also try an elimination diet, ideally no grain and meat-based (raw, cooked or canned are all much better than kibble).


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Our 80 lb Weimaraner mix was on prednisone because his face swelled up without any explanation and nothing else would make it go away. The prednisone helped, but he was on such a low dose that we didn't have any issues with excess thirst or hunger or eliminating in the house. The vet didn't want him on it forever though, so we weaned him off after about a year. If he swelled up again, I was to put him back on it and call. It has not happened again though, and he's been off of the prednisone since last October.

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Don't know much about those problems or much use of prednisone in dogs (one dog had it for a short period for an autoimmune disease), but I've heard that thirst problems can indicate diabetes in dogs just as it can with people. Have they checked for that?

Don't know what would cause the pooping like that. Sorry.



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I don't think what I can tell you will be helpful but I will share anyway. Our Rottweiler cross, 7yrs. old developed chronic bronchitis, dry skin and his BMs were runny in spite of excellent dog food. The vet suspected an infection and gave him antibiotics but they did not help. Then the vet said maybe he is having an autoimmune disease and put him on a course of prednisone. That cleared up everything but it also gave him a huge appetite which he had not have before. So once he was off the prednisone he had to go on a diet and a very regimented eating regime. Now he is 100%.

I hope someone else has some answers for you. That dirtiness is not good.

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My pug was on prednisone until she started peeing & pooping all over the house. She has skin allergies & is scratching herself all the time. We took her off the meds around the 10th of May but is still having problems with being thirsty. I dont think she has been peeing in the house lately but pooped in her kennel the last 2 days.
Anyone have experience with this?

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