I am sure any animal can be sensitive or have an allergic reaction to a steriod. If your dog is having a problem you should probably talk to your vet about it ASAP. There are generally other alternatives.
Prednisone can be quite powerful and it can have a number of side effects, such as emotional changes/problems, high blood sugar or diabetes, or blurry vision. Also, if it is used for a long time, you have to be careful when withdrawing it - i.e., gradual withdrawl -or serious problems can occur.
Ask your vet for the side effects. Prednisone has many. It will cause your dog to eat more and drink more (pee more too). It can also cause damage to internal organs with prolonged use. You need to consult your veterinarian to determine if the benefits out weigh the risks.
Hi everyone and thank you, I should have clarified that this was a question posed to me from a co-worker? I personally have not used to it in years and could not remember off hand, His vet did inform him of side effects but he wanted some other opinions.
My Roxie, amer. bulldog, has been on it several times due to allergies. She gets a voracious appetite and drinks a lot. The drinking also causes a problem because she can't hold it while I'm at work and there is always an accident. Not her fault...poor thing always looks so embarrassed and hides in the bedroom. I always make sure to not say anything, just clean it up and then go give her lots of hugs and kisses.
I had a dog that was adopted from me and being prepared for heartworm treatment using the medication. The new owner took him for a walk and he actually bit a man they walked past. This dog I had for 6 months and had no problems (he went to adoption site, was around children poking and prodding him, met people who came to my home, etc). He had to go into quarrantine at the local animal control for 10 days. The new owners husband wanted him destroyed but due to the circumstances and our adoption contract ( dog must be retured to us if it can no longer be kept) I was able to get him back, get him through treatment, and adopted out to a loving home who understood how medications can manipulate the mind. Arnold is such a sweet natured dog and has not had a problem since being off the medication. It has now been over a year since that incident.
We have used it for our little Tina.(mini-schnauzer) She has von Willebrand's disease. We had no choice. She gained weight, which she has never lost. Its a scary drug to me but it saved our baby's life. We were told she probably would bleed out at home but thank God she lived. Her platlet(sp.) count was down to nearly nothing. That is the only real side effect we seen with her.