Prednisolone Dosage and administration
Single dose treatment may be appropriate for some specific conditions (anaphylaxis etc.) but for more general treatment they may be given for one to three weeks at doses between: DOGS: /kg/day CATS: /kg/day The lowest effective dose must be used. Treatment with Prednisolone should not be withdrawn suddenly. Problems of adrenal insufficiency should be minimised by dosing on alternate days dosing to coincide with the endogenous cortisol peak (. in the morning with regard to dogs and in the evening with regard to cats) and a gradual reduction of dosage. For the treatment of cats and dogs with tumours responsive to corticosteroid therapy the balance between the risks of therapy and the benefits of treatment may justify large doses. In such cases doses between 20mg/m2 every other day and 60mg/m2/day have been found to be useful. (Dose is related to the animal`s estimated body surface area in square metres.)
I then went mad – I got home and hit the roof. I was going to ring them and go mad but instead I took to the internet. How did all this start? The symptoms of increased thirst and subsequent peeing were right up there with the top symptoms of liver disease. And then I searched on Prednicare. I found out it was a steroid. So the locum vet ‘Lynsay’ thought it was a good idea to prescribe an 11 year old dog some steroids for a simple ear infection. The expression of cracking a nut with a sledgehammer comes to mind. Steroids are known for causing irreversible liver damage and it’s even more likely when given to an elderly being. Whilst I’m not concluding that the Prednicare tablets are fully to blame, I just find the whole thing far too convenient. Interestingly, when my current vet saw the notes on Byron’s case, she was gobsmacked that he was prescribed steroids at all for an ear infection – they are usually only brought out for a relentless infection which has been hard work to shake off, not as an immediate treatment.