Treatment Type: Medications
Rated for: American Foxhound / German Shepherd Dog Mix
Posted Jul. 16, 2018
Prednisolone is a synthetic drug that mimics the cortisol, product of adrenal glands. Steroids can be used for dogs to treat inflammation and suppress the immune system.
Doses depend on the type of the problem, but most common ones are:
0.25 mg/lb for suppression of allergic symptoms
0.5 mg/lb for anti-inflammatory effects
1 mg/lb to suppress the immune system
The anti-inflammatory properties of these drugs makes them very usefull for variety of conditions such as auto-immune diseases, skin allergies, asthma, some forms of cancer, IBD, etc.
Side effects of short usage of these drugs are relatively normal, but for longer usage can be very severe leading to conditions such as diabetes, intestinal ulcers, hyperadrenocorticism etc.