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Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. I am not set up to do phone calls but would be happy to answer any questions you do have online. If you get a request for a phone call, it is from the website and not myself. Just ignore it. You definitely have to be careful with using prednisone and making sure they have a lot of water available, especially on a longer term dosing. So, if he was on the twice a day dosing for 7 days, the safest way to taper it would be once a day for 7 days and every other day for 7-10 days. His body should have more than enough time to adjust and make enough cortisol on its own. If he is doing better now, it sounds like you have 2 more days of the once a day dosing, then go to the every other day dosing. The increased panting should start to subside in the next few days. It sounds like the increase in drinking and urinating has already gotten better, correct? Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.
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