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Dog covered with sores. Steroids not helping

We have a 4 year old yellow Lab- On Sunday she started to develop red sores on her butt area, and by Tuesday the red sores had spread drastically – covering her belly , her legs, and certain points on her face.  I also noticed that her ears and face have become very swollen since Sunday.  She seems to be very, very  thirsty and depressed.

Since we took her to the vet on Wednesday and got her a steroid injection things have gotten more swollen on her face and now she has open sores on her face.  The vet also gave her a prescription for presidone(sp).

Any suggestions?  We have considered the possibility  of an allergic reaction but thought that her reaction may have been more immediate instead of progressively getting worse.


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10 Responses to “Dog covered with sores. Steroids not helping”

  1. You should really go see another vet and explain to them how she reacted. She is defiantely having a allergic reaction to meds and such. I would not take her back to that vet and try another vet or a holistic vet. She can develope breathing problems and possable heartattack

  2. She is drinking more water also due to the steriods, Steriods increases appetitie and water drinking, your vet should have told you that. Brenda

  3. Food sensitivities, drug reactions, pollen allergies, insect bites, bacterial infections, etc…can all cause what you describe. Alternative approaches include limited-ingredient and very strict diets (no treats or kitty food or truffles!)
    Herbs, acupuncture, shampoos, colloidal silver, lime-sulfur, antihistamines, and omega fatty acids can all be helpful. Sometimes detoxification of the liver is helpful with green foods and homeopathics. for free articles on holistic options for treating skin or to find holistic practitioners in your area

  4. Beth says:

    Typically when a dog has any sort of skin problems there are many things to consider. It is important that your dog has a complete skin workup. This includes bacterial and fungal cultures, skin scrapes, and cytologies. It is also important to ensure that your dog is on a flea preventative that kills adult fleas as some dogs can have severe allergies to fleas known as FAD or Flea Allergy Dermatitis. Reactions to fleas often are spotted first at the base of or under the tail or on the rear legs and groin area. All it takes is one flea bite for some severely allergic dogs to react very strongly.

    The complete skin work up will allow the veterinarian to assess if the problem is related to an infection or, if no infection is present, they can then consider allergies as a possible diagnosis. If an infection is present, your dog may be prescribed antibiotics or antifungals or given topical medications or both.

    Steroids are given to suppress the immune system and curb inflammation caused by allergic reactions. Prednisone is a very common steroid that is given. Any steroids can lead to an increase in appetite and thirst and as a result, increased urination and defecation. It is important that you regulate the amount of food you give your dog while on steroids so as not to cause obesity issues and allow your dog plenty of trips outside. Steroids are typically very effective if dealing with an allergic reaction and may be added to antihistamine therapy to aid in the relief of your dog.

    In the event that an infection is not present and the steroids do not appear to be working, you may need to consider the possibility of a food allergy. While your dog is a bit older than most that present with food allergies, it is still possible. Food allergies are unique reactions as they do not typically respond to steroids. To diagnose a food allergy, your dog must be placed on an elimination food trial for a minimum of 8-12 weeks, meaning she will be fed only one specific food designed for that purpose and can not have any other treats or flavored medications during that time period. It can be tedious, but it is the only way to truly identify a food allergy. Speak with your veterinarian about a diet trial if the steroids do not appear to be helping and an infection has been ruled out.

  5. Dr. Phil McHugh says:

    Your dog is NOT having a reaction to prednisone, she is not going to have a “possable heartattack”. She has a condition that is worsening and is not responding to corticosteroids. See a vet about this.

  6. Your dog can have diabetes or any other systemic disease as renal or liver disease where prenisolone can be contraindicated. In addition to the above comments, I recommend CBC, Panel and thyroid test. Hypoallergenic diet and herbs can help. Consider alternative veterinary practioner for acupuncture and herbs.

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  7. Cindy says:

    Our dog had an allergic reaction to Frontline Plus. He broke out in welts and sores. The vet prescribed prednisone and tonight he is panting like crazy, in addition to drinking and urinating frequently. The vet mentioned that panting might be a side effect but I am worried he is panting so fast. Is there any concern with it progressing to a heart attack or other worse issue? The prednizone did seem to help the skin, but the panting is frightening.

  8. Tigerant says:

    Good information. Thank you. I really enjoy your website.

  9. Garth Reeter says:

    Some people are very sensitive to flea bites — but scratching can cause a wound or infection. The best solution is to get rid of fleas on pets and in your home. Keep pets out of your bed and be sure to vacuum rugs daily. Spray insecticides on infested areas. Consider using a once-a-month insecticide on your pet.-

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