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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-24-2007, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
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Predisone for dogs

Hello guys!!! I have a question...this is about my cocker spaniel Ginger. She is on predisone everyday for allergies. We have noticed that she has such a appetite. Tonight my husband was working outside and he came back in the yard and nocticed that she had eatin the stem of the pumkin off.....he tried very hard to get her to stop but she would not leave it. I was wondering if the meds make her want to eat and eat....we have noticed that it has gotten worse here lately. I am going to talk to the vet tommorow but just thought that I would you all. Here is a picture of her.....I feel bad for her. i hope you all do not mind me posting this but I really feel like I get the best help from you all!!!! Thanks again!!!
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Ginger is a cutie pie. Look at those eyes!!! I don't know about dogs- but when I am on prednisone--- I can not control my eating. People who are on it for a while do gain some weight. It also makes you very hyper with a lot on energy, I wonder if in a dog that could lead to chewing pumpkin stems. Has she been on it long or is it just a seasonal thing? good luck, let us know what your vet says.




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Jane may have some information/observations for you. She recently posted about Lincoln's skin afflictions and being on it here.
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Lincoln was just put on Prednisone for the first time about a week ago. The vet told me that it would make him very thirsty and that he would have to pee a lot more and that it would also increase his appetite. I asked her if I should feed him more and she said no - extra food would just make him gain weight. I have also noticed that his body temp feels warmer to me for the first few hours after he gets the Prednisone.

Have you asked your vet about alternatives (allergy shots, antihistimines, etc.) to keeping your cocker on Prednisone every day (unless you meant she is on it everyday for a period of time (and then goes off of it)). My vet said they really don't like to keep a dog on it continuously, long term because of side effects. What kinds of allergies does she have? Lincoln also seems to be suffering with allergies, but we don't know what he is allergic to yet.

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I can say that my girlfriends dog is on prednisone regularly and he is ravished all the time & gains weight when on it. Sadly it is a bad side effect of that drug.

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I just called my vet and I am taking her in at three today to get some bloodwork done on her. They told me to give it to her every other day.....we were giving it everyday. I hope everything will be ok.....this is scary. I will let you guys know what the results are when we get them. I am getting ready to take all three to the groomers then will take her after that.

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Also, the vet told me when you go off the Prednisone, they taper the dose instead of stopping abruptly to allow the dog's adrenal glands to start kicking in again. So, if you decide to take her off of it, ask about how quickly/slowly the dose should be tapered to wean her off.

Please keep us posted! Ginger is so sweet - I love her soulful expression! And those eyes!

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I had a cocker names Ginger when I was a kid. Your Ginger is a beauty! I hope things go well at the vet.


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Awww she is a cutie it remind me of my old cocker ask the vet for sure long term dont sound right to me
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I can not believe how much your cocker looks like my Mom's dog Beau.He has the same coloring...unbelievable.

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