- Budesonide, a glucocorticoid similar to prednisone, is effective in treating inflammatory intestinal conditions in dogs and cats. It is less likely to cause systemic side effects because it does not get absorbed into the bloodstream as much when compared to other steroids like prednisone.
- The potential side effects of Budesonide in animals are not well understood, but they may include symptoms commonly associated with steroid use such as increased appetite and thirst, increased urination, fatigue, weakness, heavy panting (in dogs), changes in the skin and coat, weight gain, and abdominal distention. If you notice any of these signs, it is important to contact your veterinarian for advice.
- Budesonide can be administered with or without food. If your pet vomits or appears ill after taking the medication on an empty stomach, you may want to try giving the next dose with food or a small treat. If vomiting persists, it is important to contact your veterinarian for further advice.
- It is important to consult with your veterinarian before discontinuing the use of Budesonide in your animal as sudden cessation of the medication can lead to serious withdrawal effects.