Dexamethasone for Dogs: What You Should Know
Dexamethasone is a synthetic glucocorticoid – it is used to treat many different conditions in both people and animals. In veterinary medicine, it is used to treat many different conditions in dogs, including allergies, skin disorders, and after surgery. The most common uses of Dexamethasone in dogs are for canine atopy, canine lupus erythematosus, canine inflammatory bowel disease, and canine chronic pancreatitis. Most dogs respond well to treatment with Dexamethasone but this article below will provide you with much more information.
What Does Dexamethasone Do?
Dexamethasone – or dexamethasone caproate – is a synthetic glucocorticoid corticosteroid used to treat many different conditions in both people and animals. It works by stopping the activity of the natural steroid hormone glucocorticoid in the body. Dexamethasone does not work by raising your dog’s blood levels of the hormone glucocorticoid, but rather by decreasing the levels of natural steroid hormone glucocorticoid. What Is Atopic Dermatitis? An allergic skin condition that is called atopic dermatitis is when the body is exposed to certain environmental triggers. These triggers can include the following: Gas, dust, dander, pollen, pet dander, animal fur and feces. Certain plants, such as ragweed.
Diseases/Issues Dexamethasone Can Treat
Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) is one of the most important hormonal indicators of inflammation in the body and increases a dog’s immune system, leading to inflammation in the lungs, heart, and immune system. Adrenocorticotropic hormone can also cause unwanted effects, including a dog’s inability to sleep or stress, dizziness, weakness, and more. Since a dog’s immune system functions differently than a person’s immune system, some dogs that have ACLH may not respond well to Dexamethasone. If a dog is responding to the steroid but has another problem that requires an overactive immune system, Dexamethasone may not be the right solution. Also, steroid medication can be difficult to monitor, and if it is taken for longer than prescribed, can be damaging to the liver.
Side Effects of Dexamethasone Use
The most common side effects of using Dexamethasone are itching, redness, and swelling. If your dog is displaying any of these symptoms, it is important that you call your veterinarian or contact our Delta Emergency Clinic 24/7/365 so that we can discuss your pet’s medical concerns. Dexamethasone itself does not cause any of these side effects. The only potential side effects associated with using Dexamethasone are liver damage, especially in high doses. Note that this potential side effect cannot be predicted by the amount of Dexamethasone that you give your pet and the side effects will happen suddenly and without warning.
Considerations Before Using Dexamethasone for Dogs
Now that we have a description of what Dexamethasone is and how it works, let’s consider some of the ways that you should weigh the pros and cons of using Dexamethasone for your dog. Safety Dexamethasone is a synthetic glucocorticoid and very similar to glucocorticoid corticosteroids. So in other words, it is the same stuff. The short answer is that if you are just managing an existing inflammatory condition, or you know what you are doing, then it should be fine. If you are introducing Dexamethasone into an already inflammatory state, then this is not a good idea. If you just need some glucocorticoid and your dog is going to be in a room with other dogs, the glucocorticoid could irritate their lungs, which could be life-threatening.
What is Dexamethasone? Dexamethasone (also called methyl hydrocortisone, hydrocortisone, and methylprednisolone) is a synthetic glucocorticoid used to treat various conditions in dogs. Dexamethasone, also called methyl hydrocortisone, hydrocortisone, and methylprednisolone, is used to treat many different conditions in dogs, including allergies, skin disorders, and after surgery. Dexamethasone is typically used to reduce inflammation and pain in dogs with certain conditions such as allergic dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and inflammatory bowel disease. Dexamethasone is also used to reduce inflammation and pain in dogs with a variety of tumors such as breast cancer, lymphoma, gastrointestinal tumors, osteosarcoma, and soft tissue sarcomas.