How long is too long, when it comes to prednisone use in our dogs? Debbie asks, and Dr. Dressler answers.
Dr. Dressler is co-author of our podcast sponsor, the book The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity.
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Here is a “everything you need to know about prednisone” article on DogCancerBlog.com: https://www.dogcancerblog.com/articles/full-spectrum-cancer-care/conventional/prednisone-for-dogs/
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About Today’s Guest, Dr. Demian Dressler:
Dr. Demian Dressler, DVM is internationally recognized as “the dog cancer vet” because of his innovations in the field of dog cancer management. A dynamic educator and speaker, Dr. Dressler is the author of the best-selling animal health book The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity.
Dr. Dressler is the owner of the accredited practice South Shore Veterinary Care, a full-service veterinary hospital in Maui, Hawaii, Dr. Dressler studied Animal Physiology and received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Davis before earning his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University.
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>> Dr. Demian Dressler: The dose you’re using is very, very modest. That’s about 25% of the dose that we would use for treating, say, for example, allergy inflammation.
>> Announcer: Welcome to Dog Cancer Answers where we help you help your dog with cancer. Here’s your host, James Jacobson.
>> James Jacobson: Thanks for joining us on today’s Question & Answer show. We generally have 2 shows a week—a Q&A like this one and a longer deep dive episode—and this week, both are about one of the most commonly prescribed drugs in veterinary medicine: prednisone. Today we hear from Debbie in Nevada, who asks Dr. Dressler about long-term use of prednisone in her Rhodesian Ridgeback. Let’s listen in.
>> Debbie: Hello. My name is Debbie. I’m in Nevada. I have a 75 pound Rhodesian Ridgeback with intestinal lymphoma, as a four year old. We have been supporting her both with CHOP protocol and holistic and acupuncture, ozone therapy, alkaline water, music therapy, wholetones, essential oil therapy, and any thing else we can possibly think of.
She’s almost three years since diagnosis. My question regards prednisone: she started on 30 milligrams of prednisone and has been on a decreasing dose, and to this day she is still on prednisone, five milligrams every other day. My question is, at what point do you take them off prednisone? At what point do the side effects of prednisone out warrant the risk benefit for keeping her on a sustained prednisone since it’s such a low dose. Thank you.
>> James Jacobson: So what advice do you have for Deborah?
>> Dr. Demian Dressler: Good question. Deborah. If I were managing your case, I would probably continue doing exactly what you’re doing, perhaps with a couple of exceptions. The risk benefit, in my estimation leans towards the use of chronic low-dose prednisone. I actually think that’s a smart thing for you to do.
However, what I would also do, based on the treatment philosophies that you had just described in terms of what you’re doing, and being consistent with that kind of guardianship, I would definitely be looking to get the sylimarin — Denamarin is probably your best choice for that, so that you can try to minimize some of the liver toxic effects of chronic use of corticosteroids, which is prednisone.
However, the dose you’re using is very, very modest. That’s about 25% of the dose that we would use for treating, say, for example, allergy inflammation. Another really good one is the cordyceps mushroom. A dog of that body weight, roughly 75 pounds, you would be using human doses. I think your best source for cordyceps is Aloha Medicinals, which is based in Nevada.
Discuss all of these things, of course, with your veterinarian too, before making changes.
>> James Jacobson: I’d like to thank Dr. Dressler for answering Debbie’s question, which is such a common one – how long do you use prednisone? The side effects of pred can build with long-term use, and wise dog guardians keep that in mind.
But pred is such a commonly used drug, it’s helpful in so many illnesses, that it’s almost considered “a miracle drug.” That’s why we have another veterinarian, Dr. Tammy Powell, coming on later this week in a Deep Dive episode that explores prednisone in detail: its uses, benefits, and side effects. You won’t want to miss that episode.
We’ve placed a link to Dr. Tammy’s article about pred on DogCancerBlog.com in the show notes, which you can find in your podcast app or on DogCancerAnswers.com, where you can also listen to or download our entire back catalog. That is the best way to get the information you need to help optimize your dog’s life quality and longevity.
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Again, our thanks to Dr. Dressler for being our guest on today’s show and to Debbie for asking her question. If you’d like to reach out to Dr. D, his website is www.VetinKihei, K-I-H-E-I, dot com.
Until next time, I am James Jacobson. From all of us here at Dog Cancer Answers and Dog Podcast Network, I wish you and your dog a warm Aloha.
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Dr. Demian Dressler, DVM, is internationally recognized as “the dog cancer vet” because of his innovations in the field of dog cancer management. A dynamic educator and speaker, Dr. Dressler is the author of the best-selling animal health book The Dog Cancer Survival Guide.