Side effects are minimized by taking the lowest doses possible (that still yields positive results) and following doctor's orders. It is important to avoid self-regulation of the dosage, either by adding more or stopping the drug without a schedule. After prolonged use, steroids must be gradually reduced to permit the adrenal glands to resume natural cortisol production. Eliminating doses too quickly can result in glucocorticoid withdrawal symptoms, worsening of underlying inflammatory disease (rebound effect), or rarely, adrenal crisis (a life-threatening state caused by insufficient levels of adrenal steroids).
This post is pretty old, so I am not sure if anyone will read this. I have an allergic dog and it is NOT food allergies. If you can solve your dog’s allergies by diet then you are lucky. I have struggled with my dog allergies for years and I can offer some helpful advice. Also, I just had to put my dog back on steroids after several years and I can say the side effect are bad (the reason I came here). Anyway, I found a pretty good solution to manage my dogs allergies. You need to give the dog a bath every week using Ketochlor shampoo followed by a hydrocortisol shampoo. I put a video up on YouTube about it that nobody watches. Search for “Solution for itchy dog Nutfork”. I really hope this can help you! Dog allergies are really frustrating!