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Should my dog be off prednisone few days before surgery?

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Should my dog be off prednisone for a few days before surgery? What about thyroid meds? She may have to have surgery for mammary tumor.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Some lumps are serious and some aren't. Let's see what the Veterinarian has to say. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Katielin 11.5 years Shih-Tzu
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Katielin?
Customer: She has allergies, cataracts almost blind
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Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

Thyroid supplementation should be continued; after all, it's simply replacing that which Katielin is lacking. Prednisone, however, should be stopped for at least two weeks prior to surgery lest delayed healing arises. Even two weeks won't necessarily completely prevent delayed healing and so stitches placed should remain in place for a minimum of 3 weeks. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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