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Good... glad you're there. I have some really important information to pass along to you.
First, to answer your question directly... yes, prednisone is very likely to provide relief for you bulldog. I say that because everything you are describing (especially the part about trying a lot of things that didn't work), sounds like your bulldog has allergies.
That being said, however, allergies are kind of a "trump card" for managing allergies. They're cheap. They always work, but they are absolutely NOT safe for long term use.
That makes allergy management complicated.
I'll continue, assuming your dog does indeed have allergies. Your vet would need to confirm this.
It's important to emphasize we never CURE allergies; we only relieve the symptoms. Whenever a dog with allergies is around whatever he's allergic to, he will show symptoms. These symptoms vary from dog to dog, but all types of itchy rashes and bumps are common. Bulldogs are especially prone to skin problems and allergies.
Even though prednisone will always provide relief of skin problems caused by allergies, it's not safe to use it for the long term. That means responsible veterinarians will do lots of other things to avoid using any more prednisone than is absolutely necessary.
As I said, it can be very complicated, and every patient is different.
I would encourage you to work with a good local veterinarian who is comfortable dealing with allergies and doesn't simply throw steroids at them. A vet like this will most likely book 1-hour appointments (at least) for a dog coming in for an allergy consultation. In many areas of the country you may have access to a board-certified veterinary dermatologist. That can oftentimes be the shortest route to a good plan of management for a bulldog with allergies.
Is it the same as dog prednisone?
The answer to that is yes, it is. I understand you're only asking because you want to help your dog, but the fact remains it would be illegal and unethical for me to give you prescribing advice for a dog I've never seen. Choosing to self-medicate your dog with a prescription drug should be especially out of the question since I just got done saying it is NOT safe even under the best of circumstances.
That being said... there is the possibility an over-the-counter antihistamine might work.
We turn to antihistamines (among other drugs) quite often when managing allergic skin problems and hives (it sounds like your bulldog has hives as a specific type of allergic skin problem). We do this to minimize our reliance on prednisone.
Okay... two thoughts on the fact she is already on three antihistamines daily:
It also means these anthistamines are probably not doing anything at all for her. That's what I was about to say is the number one problem with antihistamine use in dogs. You usually have to try five or six before finding one that works for your dog.
Sorry.... I' typing as quickly as I can.
Yes... I can help you with this problem. I'm just not certain you like the help I am providing. If I gave you prescribing information for your dog for prednisone, it's quite likely it would be harmful. I don't think that's really what you're looking for.
I *can* offer you information about how we safely and effectively manage a dog with allergies.
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One final things you may find helpful. The first is a link to an article I often use with my pet owners and patients that describes the complex medical options we use to manage allergies. It may also help you to know that drugs like Atopica, Apoquel, and PTX (pentoxifylline) have been life-changing for many patients, and not all veterinarians are familiar with them or how to use them.