Dog Prednisone Side Effects Diarrhea
Dog Prednisone Side Effects Diarrhea is one of the most widely prescribed drugs for dogs and is used to treat allergies, lung diseases, skin diseases, intestinal diseases, spinal cord disease, brain disease, intestinal disease, spinal cord, Addisons disease (adrenal gland disorder).
It is prescribed when the dog's immune system is attacking itself, causing inflammation. Since diarrhea can be caused by intestinal inflamation (see causes of diarrhea) a corticosteroid such as prednisone (otherwise know as steriods) is prescribed in addition to other approaches such as alterning your dog's diet. When my dog was diagnosed I was told that he had IBD or Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Or said another way, what a mess all over the house (what we do for our dog).
In addition to helping stop or slow the diarrhea, steriods also help deal with the dehydration by helping your dog absorb more of the water he drinks and as in my case, my dog started to regain his interest in eating (like father like dog).
Prednisone is a good news, bad news kind of drug. The bad news is that it is not a cure and will probably be part of your dogs life for years to come. The good news is that with a relatively low dosage, the diarrhea shoudl be managable (or at least before you can't clean another dog doo off the floor).
As with all medications, and particularly this one, have your dog checked by the Veternatinarian once per year for any changes in the blood. and health.
Dog Prednisone and Diet
A common byproduct of having IBD or diarrhea due to IBD is that your dog may need some nutritional supplements. Start with what should be eliminated, which included anything that was left over on my family's dinner table.
See our discussion on diet on how to find the right combination of foods for your dog. It worked for mine (although keeping him away from what he shouldn't eat such as grass and bugs is still a challenge (anyone know a good dog psychologist).