Australian Shepherd mix on Prednisone for itching

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Hi. Thank you in advance. I have a 56 pound Australian Shepherd mix, who rarely needs to go on Prednisone for itching. I have 20 mg. pills, and lost the instructions. Can you tell me how many milligrams I give to her and how many to bring her off? I think it’s 20 mg. per day for a few days until the itching stops. Then 10 mg. for 2-3 days, then 5 mg. every other day…or something like that. Appreciate the fact that I can ask you this question.

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Asked on October 9, 2015 9:48 pm


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Please check with the veterinarian who prescribed the pills. They should be glad to give you the directions over the phone.

The dose for prednisone is a highly individualized matter, and your pet’s overall health and any other medications would play a role in how much prednisone should be prescribed. if the problem is acute itching, at DELTA Rescue we would treat a similar size animal with 20 mg. daily for three days, then 10 mg. daily for three days, then 5 mg. every other day for three doses, then stop.

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Posted by Dr. Gaylord Brown
Answered on October 9, 2015 9:52 pm