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02-04-2014 01:51 PM
dcg9381 Long term, it's bad. If it were my dog dealing with allergies, I'd have some testing done - I think long term it's much better for the dog and might be less expensive than multiple vet visits.

You can always try different food supplement combos, but if those don't work, I'd test.
02-04-2014 05:36 AM
Germanshepherdlova
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No, I would consult with your vet about this before you do anything. Just ask them about the long term side effects and about alternatives. What dosing regime and strength is he on?


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5 mg twice a day
02-03-2014 11:55 PM
gsdlover91
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Is it ok to just skip a day? I'd b willing to try that while I figure out what to do but not sure it would be gradual to skip a day.

No, I would consult with your vet about this before you do anything. Just ask them about the long term side effects and about alternatives. What dosing regime and strength is he on?


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02-03-2014 11:27 PM
Germanshepherdlova
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I want to say that its doubtful (that he has sustained any real damage), but I would try and find an alternative. Or at the very least have him take it every other day to preserve some adrenal function.

Taking prednisone will suppress the adrenal glands production of natural corticosteroids (like cortisol)...that is why you do not want to abruptly stop the prednisone. Taper him off of it so he doesn't go into an addison crisis.

But, I would really talk to your vet about it. They *should* know about this.
Is it ok to just skip a day? I'd b willing to try that while I figure out what to do but not sure it would be gradual to skip a day.
02-03-2014 11:10 PM
gsdlover91
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He is on the lowest effective does. Until today I had not idea that it could suppress his immune system or damage his liver. So far he has not been sick but I'm now hoping that he hasn't sustained any damage.
I want to say that its doubtful (that he has sustained any real damage), but I would try and find an alternative. Or at the very least have him take it every other day to preserve some adrenal function.

Taking prednisone will suppress the adrenal glands production of natural corticosteroids (like cortisol)...that is why you do not want to abruptly stop the prednisone. Taper him off of it so he doesn't go into an addison crisis.

But, I would really talk to your vet about it. They *should* know about this.
02-03-2014 11:00 PM
Germanshepherdlova
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Has your vet had you taper down the dose of Prednisone to the smallest possible effective dose? Prednisone is NOT something you want to keep a dog on for any extended period of time. And if so, I believe they usually want to test the liver every so often.

It does suppress the immune system, and effects the liver. Not only that, but it can affect the bodies ability to make/regulate the hormone on its own. Prednisone use can also mask a lot of problems. It is an anti inflammatory. So if there is swelling somewhere, (say the spinal cord) and the dog is regularly on pred, you would have NO idea because it is likely the symptoms wouldn't show, or at least wouldn't be as bad as they really are.

Do NOT just stop the prednisone though, the dog will have to be tapered off of it.
He is on the lowest effective does. Until today I had not idea that it could suppress his immune system or damage his liver. So far he has not been sick but I'm now hoping that he hasn't sustained any damage.
02-03-2014 10:55 PM
gsdlover91 Has your vet had you taper down the dose of Prednisone to the smallest possible effective dose? Prednisone is NOT something you want to keep a dog on for any extended period of time. And if so, I believe they usually want to test the liver every so often.

It does suppress the immune system, and effects the liver. Not only that, but it can affect the bodies ability to make/regulate the hormone on its own. Prednisone use can also mask a lot of problems. It is an anti inflammatory. So if there is swelling somewhere, (say the spinal cord) and the dog is regularly on pred, you would have NO idea because it is likely the symptoms wouldn't show, or at least wouldn't be as bad as they really are.

Do NOT just stop the prednisone though, the dog will have to be tapered off of it.
02-03-2014 10:39 PM
katdog5911
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I know a dog allergic to grain mites. Owner's vet recommended freezing the kibble before feeding.
I was told it made a difference.
i was told my girl is allergic to grain mites. i never thought about her kibble
02-03-2014 10:33 PM
Germanshepherdlova
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Hello I had the same problem with our cocker spaniel..Thank god ours GSD so far are good ..We have spent hundreds on him and could never clear him or itching to stop...The Vet said steroids are not to be given all the time it will do a lot of damage to immune system and liver and kidneys..The allergy test showed he was allergic to almost everything..So all the medicines that were a short term fix we came across this product Nzymes Healthy-Skin Program for Yeast Overgrowth | Nzymes.com. ...We gave only been using it for a short time but have seen improvement ..So good luck just wanted to give you another site to look at..

Appreciate it!
02-03-2014 10:31 PM
Cpd494 Hello I had the same problem with our cocker spaniel..Thank god ours GSD so far are good ..We have spent hundreds on him and could never clear him or itching to stop...The Vet said steroids are not to be given all the time it will do a lot of damage to immune system and liver and kidneys..The allergy test showed he was allergic to almost everything..So all the medicines that were a short term fix we came across this product Nzymes Healthy-Skin Program for Yeast Overgrowth | Nzymes.com. ...We have only been using it for a short time but have seen improvement ..So good luck just wanted to give you another site to look at..
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