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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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Vet has her on prednisone and she has purple spots al over

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vet has her on prednisone and she has purple spots al over her body and also she can not stand on one foot.? she has been on this medication for two years and she acts like she has pnemomia.. help
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Foxy
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Foxy?
Customer: no
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. The purple spots are petechiae and ecchymoses representing bleeding under her skin. This is usually caused by thrombocytopenia (decreased blood platelets) which would be treated with the prednisone for such a lengthy time. Please let me know if that's the case. If she's acting like she's pneumonic (coughing, increased respiratory rate over 30 breaths/minute), she needs to be attended to by her vet at your earliest convenience. Prednisone is immunosuppressive and so predisposes to infections such as bacterial and viral pneumonias. It's unclear to me why she can't stand on one foot. I would need to carefully examine the entire leg which should be done by Foxy's vet when she's attended to for her purple spots and dyspnea (difficulty breathing). Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.