Big Lil pup
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Portland, OR
Dogs Name: Foxfire's The Real McCoy (McCoy)
Titles: Pet of the Year
Dogs Age: DOB 9/12/14
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So Predisone side effects....
We have a 10 1/2 yo male who was born with a congenital CV deformity. As a pup, he presented with symptoms mirroring those of Wobblers. Extraordinary measures, which I won't go into, saved his life.
He has lived a pretty normal life over the subsequent 9 1/2 years. The one holdover has been the fact that he has been on Pred or a derivative steroid his entire life. Every attempt to wean him completely off has resulted in a partial return of his symptoms. Some weakness and paralysis are the most obvious. Over the years, his dosage has been titrated and adjusted to a minimum level while still holding his symptoms at bay.
Initially, increased thirst and urination were the most obvious side effect. As he inured to he Pred, these problems went away. He also had a rapid weight gain at one point, which can also be a side effect of Prednisone. A careful diet took care of that. He is a very fine boy and best at about 65-70 lb. In his middle years, his coat started thin dramatically. A full thyroid panel showed no issues, so the assumption was that it was being caused by the long term reliance on steroids. At first, as it was strictly a cosmetic issue (he had zero skin issues), we let it go.
As more Pred substitutes became available, we tried one and his hair grew back.
Today, at 10 1/2 he is getting old and is a bit frail. However, he has never been sick. He has tremendous stamina and energy. His heart is strong. And, he has a full coat of hair with very little grey.
You were concerned about UTI's. Our boy never developed UTIs which can be a side effect of long term steroid usage.
Initially, this little guy wasn't given an ice cube's chance in hell to live. The general consensus was to euthanize him. But my son refused as the pup was neither incontinent nor in pain. Hence the "Extraordinary" (and expensive) measures.
So... Our experience was that long term use of Prednisone helped "The Sheriff" to lead a happy and healthy life, all with acceptable and controllable side effects.
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