Holding off on Prednisone

April 4, 2016

I am a little leary of the Prednisone. I have been doing a bunch of research and many of the side effects are pretty bad. Rocco is suppose to go on it long-term, for like the rest of his life. Short-term use seems fine, but everything I am reading says that anything longer than a month or so, that’s when the side effects start to show themselves.

Some of the things I have read say their boxers have had these following side effects:

  • ulcers in their stomachs
  • panting spells that last for hours
  • loss of control of their bladder
  • loss of control of their rear legs
  • aggressive personalities
  • anxiety
  • unable to settle down and relax
  • look uncomfortable
After
After

There were some others, but those really bug me. I don’t want the rest of Rocco’s life to be miserable. I would rather not do the steroids and let him be happy as long as he can be, comfortable, and able to relax and enjoy himself. He had one dose last night. About 2 hours after the dose he passed out and never quite came back to normal until this morning. I dont want that either!  So for now – no more Prednisone. I have it, so if we decide to start with it, its available.

So I am going to call our local vet, not the surgeons/specialists office and see what they say. I am going to look into some more holistic approaches, things that will maybe just improve his quality of life.  We have started the raw goats milk and he loves it! I also boiled up some chicken for him and will mix that with the wet food, and give him less dry food. He can still eat it fine, but I think the soft food is easier. He likes the crunch, so I will continue to give him a little dry 🙂

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