Prednisone Update

Addie, Tajo, and Finigan all waiting patiently for dinner behind "the line".

Addie, Tajo, and Finigan all waiting patiently for dinner behind “the line”.

We have been very concerned about Addie for the past several weeks.  As previously mentioned, the prednisone has been helping her to move and eat, but she still was not wanting to eat her full breakfast.  However, about 4 days ago, a change occurred and now she cannot get enough to eat.  She cleans not only her dinner bowl spotless but also her breakfast bowl!

This seemed to coincide with our reducing her prednisone from 1 tablet each morning to 3/4 of a tablet.  Not sure if that is a coincidence or not.  We will keep her on 3/4 for 8 days, then 1/2 tablet for 8 days, then 1/4 for 8 days, then she should be finished.

We are hoping that as we ween her off the prednisone, she will continue to eat and move well.  Hopefully, we can get her back on the Neoplasene within the next 3 weeks.

The only issue we are currently battling with her now are 2 “bed sores” she has on her hind legs from laying on the tile.  They have both opened up again and she wants to continuously lick them.  It is quite the battle to keep them medicated and covered so she cannot access them!

We know that we truly are on borrowed time with her.  And more often than before, we go through the quality of life checklist to make sure we are doing the right thing.  It is so very hard to ensure we are keeping her comfortable and happy and not prolonging her life for our benefit.

Today, we still believe we are doing the right thing….

2 thoughts on “Prednisone Update

  1. Dear Addie and your mom! I LOVE reading your blog postings! Addie you are a super star and such an amazing influence to everyone! Your humans are also amazing and offering all of us hope! Maybe the pred was making you a little nauseous and just lowering the dose helped a lot?! Who knows but who cares! you’re doing better! Mighty Max had a bed sore as well and we ended up having to close it up surgically – it was a long couple of weeks for him, but he’s doing great now! (Our latest is a blood blister that likes to explode – on his rump from his wheel chair. If it’s not one thing it’s another) Get healthy and happy sweet Addie! You don’t know how many lives you’ve touched and what an amazingly huge difference you have made to so many people! We refer people to your blog all the time. Your humans are absolutely doing the right thing. It’s everything that anyone would do for a human so of course, why not do them for man’s best friend and one of the most loyal, pure and good creatures on earth! Addie you are amazing! We send lots of love and hugs and kisses to you! Stay strong and keep inspiring us all! Sincerely, Mighty Max and his Mom

  2. Addie is definitely a wonder dog…must be partly because he has wonderful parents! So happy that he is feeling better. That checklist is one of the most difficult lists in life…thinking of you and hoping Addie has a lot of good days ahead.

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