Hello, We have an 8 year old bully, Rex. we got him at 10 weeks old. since he was 6 months old he has suffered with allergies. through the years we have tried everything. allergy testing (everything on the planet), shots, baths, Atopica, diet and prednisone. he gets hives and itchiness and hair loss from his allergies. Our best treatment has been long term use of prednisone. We know all the terrible things this may cause. we had one vet that told us it was alright for him to be on the 5mg daily since it was such a small amount (he is 55 pounds). we have moved and the new vet is insistant on giving it to him every other day. i told him he is miserable on every other day. he said to increase it to 10mg every other day; it has been 3 weeks on 10mg every other day he is miserable. he is losing his hair, he got a hot spot on his neck, his feet are all red and irrated from licking. i know every day is bad, but we just dont know what else to do for him. I started him back on 5mg every day again, yesterday. he does get an oatmeal bath every week, which does help. we give him a strict diet of things he is not allergic to. i use malAcetic wipes on his itchy feet. he is also on hydroxizine 3 times a day (they dont make him sleepy like the benadryl does). On 5mg he is a totally different dog, has hair, doesnt itch, doesnt chew his feet, is happy. Has anyone used prednisone over a course of years? If so, what was the outcome? IS there anything else we can do for him? thanks much!
Jllian and PorkChop and our beloved BullyAngel Rex <3