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Most clinicians in private practice are regularly faced with challenging dermatologic cases, and a common question arises: How much prednisone is too much? No one can definitively answer this question, as different dogs respond in different ways. Some patients are unaffected by long-term prednisone administration, while others immediately demonstrate polyphagia, polydipsia and polyuria, or incontinence. Still others show signs of iatrogenic Cushing's disease—muscle wasting, a pot-bellied appearance, and muscle weakness—early on in therapy. The best approach is to try the safest treatment first, monitor the patient's response carefully, and adjust the therapeutic protocol if side effects become problematic or the condition does not respond.
I have a Standard Poodle that has had cronic severe ear infections for 10 years. He had the problem before I got him. I have had him to the vet numerous times and have tried several different vets. None of the vets have been able to heal him. The vet that has worked with him the longest says that it is most likely an allergic reaction to something, to what she doesn’t know. I have tried several different kinds of grain free foods, but no improvement. At times his ears smell really bad, there is a dark brown discahrge and his ears will bleed sometimes when I am cleaning them. He scratches and shakes his head often.