Prednisone for Dogs

What are the side effects of prednisone for dogs? While it stops canine symptoms it’s ruining his immune system and causing other illnesses. It may take only one week for permanent damage.

Prednisone is a corticosteroid. It works by decreasing or preventing tissues from responding to inflammation.

Prednisone may be used to treat severe allergies, arthritis, asthma and skin conditions. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your veterinarian.

It also modifies the body's response to certain immune stimulation.

Well first of all, I don't want my dogs immune system modified. As I've mentioned on other pages, when you give a dog a drug to stop a symptom, it can begin a vicious cycle. Why? The side effects from one drug get treated with another drug. The new drug's side effects can lead to yet another.

When a dog is on drugs such as prednisone, this can have a horrible effect on kidney function among other things, but I'll get to that in a minute.

The big problem aside from side effects, is that it does not cure anything! Okay, so your dog appears normal. Great. But what caused the symptoms in the first place? Personally, I'd rather get to the bottom of it and realize my dog's body needs help.

This stuff is like Watergate! (a political coverup).

Unfortunately, this is why allopathic medicine has gained its popularity. Give a pill or shot and within several hours your pet appears to be all better! And all the while only a few of us actually read the literature that comes with the drug and fewer than that, understand what is going on inside the body.

It amazes me how often I hear of dogs on prednisone. Even at vetinfo.com (a proponent of drugs) they say side effects should  be considered beforehand, as these may cause a lot of damage if administered as a long term treatment.

What is long term? I'm not sure. I've seen over one week, over two weeks and over three weeks all considered long term.

Since it is a corticosteroid itself, prednisone obstructs the proper functioning of the adrenal glands. If the drug is continued for more than a week, it can affect the normal functioning of the adrenal glands on a permanent basis.  This results in a dependency on the drug, since the body is unable to create its own natural corticosteroids.

While we don't hear much about the adrenal glands, their function is to produce hormones (chemicals messengers) needed for every cell, every organ and every process in the body!


Side Effects of Prednisone for Dogs

Before I list the side effects, we have to keep in mind that this is an immunity suppressor which means it leaves the door wide open for your dog to catch other diseases he wouldn't normally get.

Okay, in no particular order, here are the side effects of prednisone.

  • Immunity suppression
  • Increased appetite, that leads to weight gain
  • Increased thirst  (a sign of kidney stress or malfunction)
  • Water retention 
  • Fluid in the stomach
  • Myocardial arrest (who needs a working heart anyway?)
  • Sudden aggressiveness
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Nausea
  • Kidney problems
  • Ulcers, stomach problems
  • Colitis
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Hypertension
  • Cushings Disease
  • Pancreatitis

Are we suppose to think that all these side effects simply disappear? How could they when they clearly show damage to so many internal organs?

Now aside from a life threatening event, why are we using prednisone for dogs instead of improved diet and an herbal anti inflammatory? Because it may longer to work?

Doesn't slow and steady win the race like with the tortoise and the hare? It does in my book.

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Big Giant Hairy Important Note: If your dog is now on prednisone, do not stop cold turkey! This drug must be weaned slowly to avoid a severe reaction or death.


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