Stanley’s allergy tests identified a list of food, insect, and inhalant al lergens, including chicken, carrots, rice, grains, fleas and flea saliva, cats and cat dander, mold, grasses, and trees. Schaff eliminated what allergens she could and used topical medications and the corticosteroid Prednisone to treat Stanley’s remaining symptoms. The topicals did not work, and the pharmaceuticals gave the dog polyuria/polydipsia (PU/ PD), a condition causing excessive thirst and passage of large volumes of urine. Added to his misery of itchy raw spots, weepy lesions, and a stinky, gooey coat, poor Stanley was now having frequent and unavoid able accidents.
My dog has been on Prednisone for GME since last July. I am worried now that he's showing signs of Cushing's disease. His prescribed dose has gone up and down and they have even added Cyclosporine with no visible benefit. He's gotten Cytarabine shots every 6 weeks as well. I'm determined to find alternative therapy because he can't be on prednisone for the rest of his life. When we recently brought him in for a digestive problem, they thought his GME had progressed and basically gave us pain meds to keep him comfortable until we were ready to put him down. They thought he was at death's door. Well, since he's been home, he's better but I want more. I'm looking into herbal medicine and acupuncture because I don't believe this is the best quality of life he's going to have. I believe he's at the point where the Pred is hurting more than helping and there must be alternatives.