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Prednil Tablets....please Help..!

#1 User is offline   Lenni 

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Posted 23 March 2005 - 04:53 AM

I was hoping someone could help with advice on the tablets called "PREDNIL"...IE:What it does / What are long term effects?

My baby Troy (minature pinscher x fox terrier ) is currently on it for hind leg problems, Similar to what Greyhounds get over time.
He is 15 and 3/4 years old and has been very unstable and uncomfortable recently.
Thanking you guys for any info that might reassure me!

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Posted 23 March 2005 - 06:59 AM

I believe they are a combination of cortisone and antihistamine. I haven't heard of them being used for anything other than skin before though. I have had dogs on Pred before, the only known reaction was weight gain.

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Posted 23 March 2005 - 07:16 AM

cortisone may have long term adverse effects on your dog. Excessive thirst, excessive urination, liver problems, fur loss, bloating, excessive hunger, weakness in the hindlegs, personality changes, and others.

Cortisone appears to have a place for short term use but remember it does suppress the immune system.

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Posted 23 March 2005 - 01:25 PM

Godzilla is on Prednil every summer because of allergies.

It makes them sluggish and prone to put on weight also cut down on the fats as it also predisposes them to pancreaititis.

Also be very gentle with weaning them off.

As Godzy was on one a day when it was time to wean them off I then for 4 days give half a day then a quarter a day for 4 again then a quarter every other day twice.

The vets says one every other day and then stop. I found that too harsh I told them what I do and they are agreeable.

I believe the cortisone is used for various problems not just allergies.

Hope your guy is ok.

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Posted 23 March 2005 - 01:37 PM

My boy had Prednil for spinal pain

Don't get me wrong, i'm sure it is good in some cases and for some dogs BUT I will NEVER use it again on any of my dogs.

Horrible stuff!!!!! My boy peed everywhere (literally every 10min) he sat beside the fridge all day (so hungry) his fur fell out, he got fat and it didn't ease his pain at all.

I just don't like cortisone..

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Posted 23 March 2005 - 02:15 PM

It is an anti-inflamatory...........If you have concerns you would be best to speak to your vet. Your dog is a great age and there are quite a few things you can have him on to make him more comfortable in his very senior years.
Have you ever tried him on Sashas Blend?

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Posted 23 March 2005 - 02:30 PM

Discuss the issue with your vet. As to the damage that prednisolone can do - your dog is at an age that he would not be on 'long term' medication anyway and so Predisolone would be fine for him.

#8 User is offline   Lenni 

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Posted 24 March 2005 - 06:19 AM

Thankyou everyone, I do always check with my Vet, But it is always good to hear what experiences others have had to the Drugs I've been issued for my Old Men.
IE: Like sitting by the fridge always hungry answers one question and being Sluggish.
Can you please tell me what is "SASHAS BLEND"..Thanks again :laugh:

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Posted 24 March 2005 - 08:16 AM

Shashas Blean is a nutritional supplement for arthritis and joints.

http://www.vetstop.c...?id=132&catid=2

I have been using it for several years now for my Divine Miss sophie. The Soph has very bad joints..but has managed to make it through to the ripe old age of 11.5 ( not bad for a great danex irish wolfhound).

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Posted 24 March 2005 - 08:57 AM

thanks Dogbesotted,
I know of a quite a few people that have older dogs on Sashas Blend and are very pleased with the improvement in their dogs mobility

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Posted 24 March 2005 - 11:29 AM

While on prednil

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Posted 24 March 2005 - 11:30 AM

After being removed from Prednil lost 5 kgs.
Now he has lost another 1kg and has saggy baggy skin.

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#13 User is offline   Lenni 

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Posted 24 March 2005 - 02:28 PM

Thanks again, you guys are the best I am on nearly every day for a laugh and a cry but dont often post due to by the time I have read everything time has dissappeared. All of you guys are the greatest and deserve a huge pat on the back and big cuddle if I could reach you all.
Thank you LB although our little man needs the weight put on the photos brought a smile to my face.
I am off to investigate Sashas diet now. Will keep you informed.

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Posted 24 March 2005 - 03:49 PM

My Ruby is on 'Prednisone'. She has an auto-immune disease, Immuno Thrombocytopenia (ITP), which causes her immune system to recognise her blood platelets as a foreign body, therefore attacking them. She is to be on the 'pred' for the rest of her life. Common side effects that she suffers are:

- excessive thirst
- excessive panting
- excessive hunger (literally sits by the fridge, very obsessive about food causing fighting with my other dog)
- excessive weight gain (Ruby was previously 4.2kg - she is now 5.6kg)
- fur loss (she has regained some fur, but am forever cleaning fur from lounge/clothes, etc.)
- Rise in body temp - dont know if anyone else notices, but since Ruby has been on this medication she 'always' feels hotter than normal.

#15 User is offline   Lenni 

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Posted 24 March 2005 - 04:57 PM

Little Man is currently 4kg and should be around 5 so when he goes off food for half a day it really shows. Fur Hair well that comes with living in a large kennel (our home :laugh: )My main concern is his internal organs and well being. Have now ordered the Sashas blend and will give that a try. Thanking all again.

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