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My 23 pound Pug mistakenly got other dogs 20 mg of Prednisone. Do

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My 23 pound Pug mistakenly got other dogs 20 mg of Prednisone.
Do I need to be concerned?
What to watch for?
Should she go on Pred then weaned off or is one time okay?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  VetTechErin replied 2 years ago.
Hi there!
My name is ***** ***** I would be happy to help you with your question about your dog.
So long as Cuddles in not on any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (like Rimadyl), this is not anything that would cause severe signs aside from the normal side-effects we see with prednisone. You may see some mild tummy upset, mild diarrhea, a small increase in thirst and urination.
Doses in dogs for prednisone can go up to 1 milligram per kilogram, so this is just over a therapeutic dose for a dog her size. This may not cause any signs at all.
We do not get concerned about weaning off of steroids until they've been on it for two weeks straight, so she does not need to continue taking it in order to wean off. You should be able to easily keep an eye on her at home and manage any mild signs you may see.
If she vomits, withhold food and water for an hour to let her stomach settle, then you can try and reintroduce small amounts of water for an hour. If she holds that down, you can give her a little bit of food. You should not see more than 1-2 bouts of vomiting, so if it starts to get more severe, you may want to contact her vet in the morning to get her on some tummy medications to help get the vomiting under control. This is typically not something we see with the prednisone.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reply back for further conversation!

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