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Prednisone and Your Pet

Prednisone catPrednisone is a steroid. It is a medication that is commonly given to pets to reduce inflammation and suppress the immune system. But a lot of times when you hear the word prednisone or steroid it often perceived as a bad medication or an unwanted treatment method.

Prednisone is used to treat inflammation, cancer, Addison’s disease and nervous system disorders. It resembles a naturally occurring hormone┬ácalled cortisol. Prednisone works by blocking the production of substances that trigger a immune system response.

Potential side affects of the medication include: thirst, increased drinking, increased urination, panting, vomiting, diarrhea, ulcers, lethargy and aggression. Prolonged use of the drug can cause diabetes.

Do not give your pets Prednisone if your pet is pregnant or has diabetes.

Prednisone is a very affective drug for many different types of conditions from rashes to cancer. When managed properly, and taken in the short term, it can be a highly affective treatment. Make sure you discuss this course of treatment with your vet if you have any questions or concerns.