Prednisone steroids for bulldogs and French Bulldogs
Prednisone steroids for bulldogs and French bulldogs Benefits & Risks
Prednisone steroids for bulldogs and French bulldogs replicate the actions of a naturally occurring hormone in the body. This hormone, called Glucocorticoids, or cortisol, is also known as the “stress hormone”. Cortisol is produced in the cortex of the adrenal gland (there are two adrenal glands – one next to each kidney). The prednisone-like hormone works as a blocking agent, preventing the substances that ignite inflammation within the body from further production. In bulldogs and other pets, prednisone helps to reduce inflammation from various diseases and assists in suppressing the immune system.
Many dog breeds, including bulldogs and French bulldogs, suffer from a variety of diseases which cause inflammation, or from diseases related to the auto-immune system like IBD, cancer, nervous system disorders, Addison’s disease (hypoadrenal in bulldogs), Cushing Syndrome (hyperadrenal in bulldogs), other endocrine disorders, allergies and one of the most common bulldog ailments, ARTHRITIS.
As in humans, arthritis in bulldogs can be extremely painful due to the inflammatory process of the joints. Prednisone can help reduce the swelling, thereby lessening the pain associated with arthritis. Allergies are also a common ailment from which bulldogs and other dogs suffer. Depending on the season, bulldog puppies can experience itchy, swollen, red skin, as well as itchy and irritated eyes, ears, and paws. Prednisone can help reduce the severity of these allergy-like symptoms.
If you notice that your bulldog puppy is suffering from recurring symptoms of inflammation manifested in pain, redness, warmth, swelling or itchiness, you should seek advice from your veterinarian. Most veterinarians will then check your dog’s symptoms and often prescribe medications like prednisone (steroids, cortisones) for your bulldog puppy’s itching, allergies, pain, and swelling.
Prednisone Steroids for Bulldogs and French Bulldogs V4P TIPS & WARNINGS
DR. KRAEMER TIPS:
Prednisone Steroids for Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TIP #1: Prednisone for bulldogs and other dogs should generally be given at low doses and tapered down, preferably for a short period of time. It should be administered just long enough to lessen your bulldog puppy’s symptoms while the main condition is being taken care of.
Prednisone Steroids for Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TIP #2: I now offer Stem Cell Therapy and Cryobanking Services for chronic Atopic Dermatitis and interdigital cysts in bulldogs. I am also using Stem Cell Therapy for chronic arthritis in bulldogs, orthopedic and neurological problems including hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia in bulldogs, torn tendons/ligaments and back problems. New modalities like Laser Therapy, Pulse Electromagnetic Therapy and Stem Cell Therapy’s are new-age alternatives to prednisone (cortisone). Those new alternatives are all noninvasive, very safe, low cost alternatives to the traditional anti-inflammatory pain relief treatments and medications.
Prednisone Steroids for Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TIP #3: Your veterinarian will generally recommend the course, length and strength of prednisone treatment based on the age of your puppy, your dog’s breed and size and the condition for which they are being treated.
DR. KRAEMER WARNINGS:
Prednisone Steroids for Bulldogs and French Bulldogs WARNING#1: Long-term prednisone can have adverse effects on your bulldog puppy and is not recommended. Other less harmful non-steroidal alternative drugs for long-term itching relief due to allergies are now available like cyclosporine (Atopica) and Apoquel.
Prednisone Steroids for Bulldogs and French Bulldogs WARNING #2: New cox2 inhibitors, NSAIDs, are less harmful, non-steroidal, alternative drugs for long-term pain relief due to arthritis.
Prednisone Steroids for Bulldogs and French Bulldogs WARNING #3: Finally, due to the potential adverse effects associated with cortisones when used often, or for a prolonged period of time, it is recommended that blood and urine tests are done every few months as a monitory precaution.
Prednisone Steroids for Bulldogs and French Bulldogs WARNING#4: While prednisone can be helpful to your pet and minimize your bulldog’s suffering in many respects, there are side effects that you should watch out for including increased drinking and urination, vomiting, diarrhea and aggressive behavior. If these side effects seem excessive to you, contact your veterinarian as soon as possible in order to discuss alternate treatment.