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My dog has been on a dose of prednisolone prescribed by the vet for a skin infection. he is having bloody diarrhoea

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. There are all sorts of infections your dog can pick up. I'll have you talk to the Veterinarian who'll sort out what is wrong and help you decide what to do about it. What is the dog's name and age?

Pingu, 2 years 4 months

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Pingu?

No..otherwise healthy, vaccinated dog

Submitted: 11 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago

I'm sorry to hear of this with Pingu. You must stop administering a glucocorticoid (steroid) such as prednisone whenever signs of gastrointestinal distress - inappetence, vomiting and/or diarrhea arise. These steroids can cause gastrointestinal ulceration and so until Pingu's vet is apprised about what you're seeing, please initiate dosing with an over the counter antacid such as famotidine (Pepcid) dosed at 0.25 mg per pound of body weight and repeated at 12 hour intervals or omeprazole (Prilosec) dosed at 10-20 mg/dog (small-large dog) once daily. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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