With aggressive supportive care, some dogs can do well. However, with CHF, treatment is aimed at preserving quality life. While long-term medications are necessary for dogs that have gone into CHF, the medications do not cure the heart disease. Owners have to be aware that ultimately, end-stage CHF may develop, requiring humane euthanasia.
When in doubt, the sooner your dog is diagnosed with a heart abnormality, the sooner it should be assessed to help prevent the development CHF. Some dogs can live with cardiac disease for years, if it’s controlled with heart medication to make their hearts beat more efficiently. When in doubt, evaluation by a board-certified cardiologist is recommended!
The correct dosage of prednisone and prednisolone depends on the condition being treated and how the patient responds to the medication. A rule of thumb for dosing prednisone and prednisolone is to use as much as is required but as little as possible to achieve the desired effect. Pets should also be weaned off of prednisone as soon as their condition allows. When dogs and cats have to be on prednisone for an extended period of time, giving the medication every other day or even less frequently if possible can reduce the chances of serious side effects. Common dosages for prednisone and prednisolone in dogs in cats are
5mg a day was too much and he was having bad side effects, extreme lethargy, he stopped eating,and drinking and his diarrhea actually got worse. Half a pill ever other day was not enough his stool was normal the first day then back to diarrhea the second. Half a pill mg a day seems to be the formula that works for him. He tolerates it well,and his stool remains normal. Mischief is much more active and healthy now,and is actually gaining weight. I am very pleased. Like I said I think it saved his life. Also the drug is very inexpensive $10 bucks a month