2. Antitussive: Temaril-P has been found to be effective therapy and adjunctive therapy in various cough conditions of dogs. Therefore, in addition to its antipruritic action, Temaril-P is recommended for the treatment of “kennel cough” or tracheobronchitis, bronchitis including all allergic bronchitis, and infections and coughs of nonspecific origin. (Coughs due to cardiac insufficiencies would not be expected to respond to Temaril-P therapy.) As with any antitussive treatment, the etiology of the cough should be determined and eliminated if possible. Otherwise, symptoms are likely to recur following discontinuance of therapy.
Dr. Kidd (author of Herbal Dog Care) also shares the same view. He says steroids "are definitely contraindicated for treating arthritis. Long term use (for more than a couple of weeks) ... causes nasty side effects, such as stomach ulcers and liver and kidney problems. In addition, the drugs actually inhibit the healing of joint surfaces, tendons, and ligaments. What's even worse, many of them also promote the degeneration of the joint-surface cartilage - the very process we are trying to prevent and heal." ( Dr. Kidd's Guide to Herbal Dog Care, page 60 )
Unfortunately, prednisone can lead to many side effects. The most notable side effects include shortness of breath and dramatically increased frequency of urination. If you notice these side effects, notify your vet so they can consider alterations to the dose. If any severe side effects become noticable, you should seek veterinary attention urgently. Side effects you should contact your vet immediately upon noticing includes wild mood changes, blurred vision, swelling, blood in stools (or coughing up blood), irregular heartbeat, seizure and vomiting. More common side effects you can expect are insomnia, weight gain, bruising, headaches and stomach pain. The video below shows a pet on prednisone for dogs , note the increased urination which you should expect.