It is no secret that prednisone for dogs has long been used in veterinary. At present low dosage of Prednisone is prescribed for dogs with atopic dermatitis. The medicine is for peroneal use in dogs. The average dose is about 0.25-0.5 mg/kg during one week till shifting to supporting dose given about once in two days.
The most common mistakes of using Prednisone is improvisation of the treatment plan and wrong dosage. Long-term daily use of Prednisone in dogs does not give any therapeutic advantages and increases the risk of side effects. Neither is recommended intramuscular introduction of corticosteroids, since it may cause atrophy of the skin around the area of injection.
In individual cases when it may seem that the itching is well controlled with prednisone therapy, there could be sudden intensification of itching, which may make an impression that the organism of the dog has developed resistance to the medicine. It would be a great mistake to increase the dose or substitute Prednisone with some other corticosteroids before excluding other reasons for the itching.
Among the most frequent unreasonable causes for prescription of corticosteroids are secondary infections, infections caused by malassezia, sudden parasitic invasion or increased sensitivity to shampoos or medications used for treating ear diseases.
It is very important that the veterinary properly consult the owner of the dog and regularly register the changes of the condition of the animal- this helps to follow the course of the disease and decrease the risk of prescribing wrong therapy. When the owner is well informed and is regularly consulted by the veterinarian – the result of this cooperation becomes right choice of therapeutic measures and decreases the risk of interruption of the treatment just because the dog looks healthy.
Prednisone for dogs can be bought at any pharmacy. After finishing of the therapy with prednisone it is very important to examine the animal again to reveal any possible clinical signs which may be the evidence of the latent form of the primary disease.
Since many dermatological diseases may have similar symptoms in dogs, it is impossible to diagnose the atopic dermatitis in domestic conditions without involving a professional veterinarian.
Only a very careful examination of the animal with detailed and full clinical record with repeated examinations in the future can help to reveal all the factors on the basis of which it would be possible to make a right diagnosis.
Before buying Prednisone (Deltasone) for your dogs, please talk with you veterinary.