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Hello. I'm sorry to hear about your dog.
You did not cause her to die. It sounds like she may have had something else, not pneumonia. Pneumonia does not improve with Prednisone. Prednisone is a steroid to suppress the immune system. It's used for auto-immune conditions in the lungs (bronchitis) or for cancer in the lungs. Given the 4 week history, I would guess that she had some type of cancerous process that the Prednisone was masking. Eventually, the steroid is no longer effective and the signs progress. I think that is what happened here.
We won't know for sure the exact cause, but based on this history I don't see anything that you did to cause or exacerbate the signs.
I'm sorry again for your loss, let me know if you have any other questions.
It sounds like that may have been a mass that was just starting then.
The reason we wean off Pred, is because of the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands normally produce Cortisol. When a dog is on Pred, the adrenals don't need to produce Cortisol. We wean off so that the adrenals have a chance to start functioning again. That's not why your dog died. Your dog died because a disease process was progressing, despite the medications.