My dog suffered a slipped disc about four days ago so we had to take a trip to the emergency vet. Since then he's been on three different types of medication; rimadyl, tramadol, and valium. He has run out of the valium prescription and is almost done with his rimadyl. He has a few more days of the tramadol left. He has also been on STRICT kennel rest. I called my vet the other day and they said they could put him on a prescription of prednisone. I have read about some of the negative side effects and I'm not sure I want to put him through those since he's already been through so much. What is your take on prednisone?
Prednisone, like any of the other cortisone-like steroids, is a very good medication for many problems...when used properly. To indict a drug without considering all the ramifications is counter-productive.
Prednisone is frequently used when dealing with disc problems, mainly for its anti-inflammatory benefits. If used at proper dosages and for the proper length of time, you should see nothing but the benefits of the drug. There can be short-term side effects, such as increased thirst, urinatons, and possibly appetite...but those disappear when the drug is stopped.
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