Triamcinolone Acetonide For Dogs: Uses, Dosage, & Side Effects

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Triamcinolone acetonide, commonly known by the brand names Panalog and Vetalog, is a powerful steroid that can be used to treat inflammation, swelling, and itchiness for various conditions in dogs. It can be used as long-term treatment for arthritis and chronic pain or skin conditions caused by allergies. Because triamcinolone acetonide is so powerful, it should only be used with a prescription and following strict veterinary instructions. Veterinarians will often prescribe the drug in addition to other medications, as triamcinolone acetonide only treats inflammatory symptoms, and not the underlying causes. It is important that you follow your veterinarian’s guidelines with this medication and do not discontinue using it until your veterinarian tells you to do so. Here is what you should know about the uses, dosage, and side effects of triamcinolone acetonide for dogs.

Uses Of Triamcinolone Acetonide For Dogs

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Triamcinolone acetonide can be used to treat dogs for inflammation associated with a variety of conditions in many parts of the body. Here are a few of the conditions your veterinarian might treat with triamcinolone acetonide.

  • Dermatitis
  • Seasonal eczema
  • Arthritis
  • Allergies
  • Inflammation from injury
  • Granuloma
  • Inflammatory eye or ear diseases

Dosage Of Triamcinolone Acetonide For Dogs

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The usual dosage of triamcinolone acetonide for dogs can vary widely depending on the condition being treated and the method of administration. The drug comes in forms that can be given orally as a tablet or syrup, topically as an ointment, or via injection. Typical dosages range from 0.05 to 1 mg per pound and can be given anywhere from once a day to once per week. Your veterinarian can provide you with the proper instructions for dosage.

Depending on your dog’s response to the treatment, your veterinarian may adjust the dosage. It is important to continue administering the drug to your dog according to your vet’s instructions, even if symptoms improve. Stopping treatment early could result in your dog relapsing or developing resistance to treatment. Dogs must also be weaned off steroids, as halting treatment abruptly could result in complications such as Addison’s disease.

Side Effects Of Triamcinolone Acetonide In Dogs

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There are some common side effects of triamcinolone acetonide in dogs that you should be aware of before you begin treatment. If the side effects become extreme or cause you concern, you should contact your veterinarian so they can adjust the dosage or try another form of treatment. Long-term use of the drug increases the risk of side effects. Here are some of the side effects you might see with use of triamcinolone acetonide in dogs.

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Drowsiness
  • Alopecia (hair loss)
  • Loss of appetite or excessive eating
  • Increased thirst or urination
  • Weight gain
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Reduced immune system function
  • Panting
  • Aggression or behavioral changes

As with all medications, there is a risk of allergic reaction that could lead to anaphylaxis. If you see signs of an allergic reaction, contact your veterinarian. Your vet should be aware of any other medical conditions your dog has or any other medications they take, as these can react poorly with triamcinolone acetonide. This is especially important in dogs being treated for diabetes with insulin.

Has your dog ever been treated with triamcinolone acetonide? Did it help your dog’s condition? Let us know in the comments below!