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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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should i put my nervious resue dog throught a sedetion end

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should i put my nervious resue dog throught a sedetion end xray she has been given prednleuctropin which is working great last two weeks she is 14 years old she is nearly back to herself

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Unless there's reason to believe that there is something else lurking behind her arthritis - a cancer or infectious (usually tick-borne) etiology or immune-mediated polyarthritis - treating presumptively with anti-inflammatory drugs such as the PLT is acceptable standard of care and X-rays can be waived. Because PLT contains a glucocorticosteroid - prednisolone, however, the smallest effective dose given as infrequently as possible would be prudent. Chronic administration of prednisolone can result in excessive drinking, volume of urine, muscular weakness causing a pot belly and break down of ligaments and tendons, bilaterally symmetrical hair loss, and increased susceptibility to skin and urinary tract infections.

Ideally it would be best if a more potent nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) than the cinchopen in the PLT would control her symptoms without prednisolone being on board. Carprofen and meloxciam are such NSAIDs. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

can i cut down the prednisolone then go on to carprofen long term

Yes, but you'll need to stop the prednisolone altogether if a potent NSAID such as carprofen is administered. A steroidal + a potent nonsteroidal drug administered concurrently is a recipe ulceration. Please continue our conversation if you wish.
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