Other side effects which your vet will be on the lookout for include the increased risk of infection (due to suppression of the immune system), stomach ulcers, blood clots and diabetes (particularly in cats). In some dogs and cats, determining the appropriate dosage of steroids can be challenging, and it can be difficult to ensure that the right amount of medication is given to control the disease without having significant side effects. Sometimes we need to use other drugs to compliment the use of steroids, allowing us to reduce the steroid dose whilst still controlling the disease.
* Be careful when treating cancer, this drug can cause MDR (Multidrug Resistance) which reduces the effectiveness of chemotherapy.
When treating coughing and itching conditions you should ask the vet about Temaril-P , a medicine which contains both prednisolone and trimeprazine. This combination can lower the required amount of corticosteroid.
Important: Stopping treatment suddenly after long periods of use could cause Addison’s disease or serious heart problems. For this reason you should always taper the dosage off gradually.