Dog Veterinary

Ask a Dog Vet and Get Answers to Your Dog Health Questions

Ask a Dog Veterinarian,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Dog Veterinary
This answer was rated:

How long can one give prednisone to a dog? It says here one

How long can one give...
How long can one give prednisone to a dog? It says here one can give it to a dog for a "short period of time". What is a short period of time?
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Answered in 5 minutes by:
10/5/2013
Dr. Christian K.
Dr. Christian K., Dog Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 10,146
Experience: 12 years of veterinary experience in canine surgery, medicine and behavior
Verified

Dr. Christian K. :

Hello. This is Dr. Christian.

Dr. Christian K. :

Prednisone can have many side effects but with long term use the main problems that can occur are diabetes, liver damage, kidney damage and infections (because the immune system is suppressed). A month or two of medication will usually not cause any problems but more than that and those risks increase. In a dog that is pre diabetic or has underlying liver disease already then it prednisone can worsen those situations and have negative side effects much earlier. However, based on what you've described, for Lucy, it sounds like your vet is suggesting prednisone because her quality of life is poor and prednisone may help her feel better. In those cases the long term side effects may not be as worrisome because the short terms benefits can be significant.

Dr. Christian K. :

If you have more questions please reply back.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question

I've switched away from the chat function because it seems to be very buggy today. I hope that answer helps but please reply back with any more questions or if you need clarification.

Sincerely,

Dr. Christian

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 4 years ago

Thank you Christian. I am sorry I was dissatisfied before when you were disconnected. I am grateful for your reply and input. Here is more info and another question: A few months ago it did appear that Lucy's liver suffered because of having two medications at once. She recuperated and it appears that her liver is fine now. Does that qualify as "underlying liver disease"?


 

It could possibly but usually the liver values will be high when there is an underlying liver problem. For instance, before starting prednisone I routinely will do some blood work and if its normal then I feel much more confident about starting the prednisone. Then I will periodically do more testing after the prednisone is started (usually a month after starting it and then every 6 months). If the liver values start to go up and are worrisome then I have time to discontinue the prednisone before symptoms of a liver problem show up. The liver values will generally go up long before there are symptoms or problems with the liver. I hope that makes sense but if not please reply back.
Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 4 years ago

Hi again, Christian. Sorry for the delay. I am still getting used to using this system. We live two hours away from a lab where blood work can be done... so we are going on how she is looking/behaving. The blood can be taken here and sent out, but there is a delay. It is also traumatic for her to have blood taken and we are trying to avoid that trauma while maintaining her quality of life. Can we give prednisone to her and stop if it seems to have a negative effect? Or would that not be reversible?

You can try giving it without doing the blood work and I've done that plenty of times. Especially in situations like this where my main goal is to improve a dog's quality of life. Let's face it, based on what you've described it doesn't sound like she can go much longer with how she is doing now and prednisone may really help her. if there are problems then the she can be weaned off the prednisone. It should never be stopped completely without weaning.
Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 4 years ago

This is helpful. How would we wean her off of it if there are problems?

Usually by decreasing the dose by 1/2 increments over the course of 5-6 days each time but it would be best to talk to your vet about how to do that since it can be influenced by how she is doing and her symptoms.
Dr. Christian K.
Dr. Christian K., Dog Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 10,146
Experience: 12 years of veterinary experience in canine surgery, medicine and behavior
Verified
Dr. Christian K. and 87 other Dog Veterinary Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Ask Dr. Christian K. Your Own Question
Dr. Christian K.
Dr. Christian K.
Dr. Christian K., Dog Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 10,146
10,146 Satisfied Customers
Experience: 12 years of veterinary experience in canine surgery, medicine and behavior

Dr. Christian K. is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found "JustAnswer" on my Google search -- you are now in my "Favorites" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete!

Bev & GeorgeBoca Raton, FL

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Dr. Debbie

Dr. Debbie

Dog Veterinarian

902 satisfied customers

Companion animal veterinarian practicing for over 10 years.

Dr. Andy

Dr. Andy

Medical Director

16,112 satisfied customers

UC Davis graduate, emphasis in dermatology, internal medicine, pain management

Dr. Gary

Dr. Gary

Dog Veterinarian

9,980 satisfied customers

DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)

Dr Scott Nimmo

Dr Scott Nimmo

Dog Veterinarian

9,897 satisfied customers

BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }

Dr. Scott

Dr. Scott

Veterinarian

9,615 satisfied customers

15 years of small animal, equine and pocket pet medicine and surgery.

Dr. Bruce

Dr. Bruce

Veterinarian

9,134 satisfied customers

15 years of experience as a small animal veterinarian

Rebecca

Rebecca

Dog Veterinarian

7,745 satisfied customers

More than 30 years of companion animal practice.

< Previous | Next >

Related Dog Veterinary Questions
My dog was diagnosed with diabetes Nov 5th. We are just now
my dog was diagnosed with diabetes Nov 5th. We are just now getting into the 200 level. His back leg is shaking constantly but he has been on Gabopenton for nerve endings previously. … read more
Dr. Christina
Dr. Christina
Small Animal Veterinary Internist
401 satisfied customers
My dog has been diagnosed with diabetes. We are trying to
My dog has been diagnosed with diabetes. We are trying to taper him off of predizone for supposed allergies when I wonder how much of the problem is diabetes. We want to start him on insulin shots but… read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
3 satisfied customers
My diabetic dog wont eat needs his shot,bloodsugar level
my diabetic dog wont eat needs his shot,bloodsugar level high … read more
Dr. Alleyne
Dr. Alleyne
Veterinary associate
Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
1,121 satisfied customers
Medicines for diabetes. A 15 lb do of 4 yrars. Dog.nweighs
Medicines for diabetes JA: I'll do all I can to help. What sort of animal are we talking about? Customer: a 15 lb do of 4 yrars JA: Maybe I'm confused. I thought you had a problem with a pet. Is that … read more
Dr Z
Dr Z
Small Animal Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
3,715 satisfied customers
He is a cavalier with diabetes and has recently lost a lot
he is a cavalier with diabetes and has recently lost a lot of weight but is ravenous for food. … read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
3 satisfied customers
Our dog has diabetes recently diagnosed 92 weeks ago) We
our dog has diabetes recently diagnosed 92 weeks ago) We cannot give insulin. How long can we expect him to last before we have to put him down? How do i tell if he's in pain. , … read more
Dr. John
Dr. John
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
5,049 satisfied customers
My dog is diabetic and for the past 2 days he eats some of
my dog is diabetic and for the past 2 days he eats some of his breakfast and he threw up. should I be concerned … read more
Dr. Peck
Dr. Peck
Associate Veterinarian
Doctorate Veterinary Medicine
360 satisfied customers
Can I use CBD oil while weaning off of phenbarbitol. Bear-It
can I use CBD oil while weaning off of phenbarbitol … read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
3 satisfied customers
Just a quick question....is it normal for a diabetic dog who
just a quick question....is it normal for a diabetic dog who is recovering from a dka incident 2 weeks ago, to still have a very slight amount of ketones in her urine? when I check her test strip it i… read more
Dr. Bruce
Dr. Bruce
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
9,134 satisfied customers
My dog is a dachshund and diabetic. He's also lost a
My dog is a dachshund and diabetic. He's also lost a significant amount of weight. He looks very anorexic. His protein level today at the ER Vet was 3. something. … read more
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara
Doctoral Degree
5,384 satisfied customers
He was recently diagnosed with diabetes. Winston, 11. We
We have been working to calculate proper insulin dose. We switch to .7 a day ago and his before breakfast feeding was 75. What should I do?… read more
Rebecca
Rebecca
Dog Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
7,745 satisfied customers
My dog was diagnosed with diabetes last week. He was at the
My dog was diagnosed with diabetes last week. He was at the vet back in November for what we thought was a caervical injury and had blood work showing his glucose was 124 and started predizone liquid.… read more
Dr. Joey
Dr. Joey
Veterinarian
Post-Doctoral Degree
1,705 satisfied customers
My mini-schnauzer has diabetes controlled by insulin and is
Hi! My mini-schnauzer has diabetes controlled by insulin and is doing really well (recent diagnosis 5 weeks ago.) Yesterday I noticed his breath smells like cat urine. He does have kidney stones that … read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
3 satisfied customers
I have a newly weaned puppy (6.5 weeks) who is suffering
hi, I have a newly weaned puppy (6.5 weeks) who is suffering with constipation. He had a large (1/2") solid poo lodged in his anus. I soaked his rear and gently helped it out. This was approximately 1… read more
Dr-Bonk
Dr-Bonk
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
237 satisfied customers
She is an Anatolian shepherd with diabetes. We brought her
She is an Anatolian shepherd with diabetes. We brought her on Saturday little trip with us because she loves the deer lease. When I got here, I took her out to potty. She is urinating bright red blood… read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
3 satisfied customers
I have a 10 year old diabetic pug. His diabetes are under
I have a 10 year old diabetic pug. His diabetes are under control but he tends to bark at anything that makes him nervous. He will bark for hours at a thunderstorm. We are in FL currently awaiting the… read more
Dr. Bruce
Dr. Bruce
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
9,134 satisfied customers
I would like to wean her off of Prednisone and replace it
I would like to wean her off of Prednisone and replace it with CBD oil. Would that be an appropriate replacement? She had a stroke a year ago and is on it to reduce brain inflammation. She is also on … read more
Rebecca
Rebecca
Dog Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
7,745 satisfied customers
My dog is supposed to be weaned off phenobarbital. She is
My dog is supposed to be weaned off phenobarbital. She is currently taking 1/4 of 15 mil pill 2x per day. It doesn't show at all in blood work. I am not sure if I GI down to one dfose for a week or sd… read more
Richard Rawling
Richard Rawling
Veterinary Surgeon
BVMS
629 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x