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16 lb shih tzu biting and scratching all night. can find no

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16 lb shih tzu biting and scratching all night. can find no irritated spots, no hot spots. How much prednison can I give him? 16 lb shih tzu on canin hepatic recently
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.
Hello, I am sorry to hear you are worried about your little dog. I am a veterinarian and will do my best to help.
Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.
Prednisone may not be the best thing to give him if he has liver disease. Is he taking any medication or supplements for his liver, or just the hepatic diet?
Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.
If you are going to try the prednisone, I would consider giving him liver support like milk thistle, and a supplement called SAMe. I like a product called Denamarin that contains both.
The idea with pred is to give the minimum effective dose. I would start a dog his size on 2.5 mg twice daily and if that helped, after a few days try 2.5 once daily or every other day. Eventually try 1.25 mg.
Other things that may help are combining the Benadryl with pred, fish oil, quercetin, nettles, vitamin E, and probiotics.
Let me know what else I can help with or answer.