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Prednisone, an anti-inflammatory, immunosuppressive medication similar to cortisone, is the usual treatment of choice. Patients tend to show rapid improvement in just a few days, but even so, relapses often occur when the medication is discontinued. Continuing treatment for a longer period of time, like six months, will sometimes result in permanent resolution. At the outset of therapy, steroid treatment should be administered at a level that will produce a remission of the symptoms, and then your veterinarian can recommend a regimen of oral therapy. Over the course of treatment, the amount will be reduced slowly to the lowest possible dose needed to control symptoms. If symptoms return, steroid treatment will need to begin again.
One of the side effects of steroid treatment is fluid retention and increased thirst. To prevent accidents or discomfort on your dog's behalf, you will need to take your dog out frequently for urination, even if only for a small amount. A calm, quiet environment, where your pet will not be stimulated, is important. Moving will be painful during the recovery process, and it will benefit your dog if you give it an isolated space, away from children or animals, at least until the symptoms have subsided. Even after recovery, you will need to be alert to the possibility that your dog may have a relapse.
The term for a type of medication that impacts immunity, metabolism, sexual characteristics, and other such elements of a living thing
Something that is related to the whole body and not just one particular part or organ
Any inflammation of a blood vessel or lymph.
The disappearance of the signs and symptoms of a particular disease; this is often used in association with cancer
Term used to refer to an infection that is present but has not yet begun to spread
Used to refer to any drug or medical substance that has the ability to slow down or stop the growth of bacteria and other such organisms.
A large blood vessel that transports blood out of the heart.
A condition of the blood in which normal red blood cell counts or hemoglobin are lacking.
A medical condition in which the meninges becomes inflamed