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My 7.8 lb Yorkipoo has Addisons and is taking 1.25 mg of…

My 7.8 lb Yorkipoo...

My 7.8 lb Yorkipoo has Addisons and is taking 1.25 mg of prednisone a day. She is constantly drinking water and urinating. She is restless and depressed. Can the dose be lowered to relieve symptoms ? Her Addison has been under control but vet hasn't lowered the dose. He said I can try giving it every other day. We want her too feel better.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the Yorkiepoo's name?

Teddy

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Teddy?

She hasn't been eating much despite the prednisone. Another vet prescribed a 7.5 mg appetite stimulant to get her eating.

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
Ok

Prednisone can be tapered to 0.05 - 0.125 mg/lb daily or, practically speaking, 0.5 - 1.25 mg daily (the current dose) for Teddy. I would ask Teddy's vet why 0.5 mg daily hasn't been tried. Does Teddy suffer from atypical Addison's in which DOCP injections aren't necessary?

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
Teddy has cortisol shots every 28 days

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
Thank you very much for your help.

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