Common questions

What is Percorten used for?

What is Percorten used for?

Percorten-V (desoxycorticosterone pivalate) is the only medication approved by the FDA for treating Canine Addison’s Disease (hypoadrenocorticism). Percorten-V is a corticosteroid used to treat conditions in which the body does not produce enough of its own steroids, such as Addison’s disease.

How does Percorten-V work?

The expanded blood volume and increased cardiac output may result in elevated blood pressure. PERCORTEN-V prevents the life threatening hypotensive shock and pre-renal azotemia observed in animals suffering from hypoadrenocorticism.

Is Percorten and Zycortal the same?

They differ in their use of preservative and surfactant. Percorten-V is labeled for intramuscular injection but is often given subcutaneously in clinical practice. Zycortal is labeled for subcutaneous injection.

Who manufactures Percorten?

Elanco Animal Health, manufacturer of Percorten-V (desoxycorticosterone pivalate injectable suspension), reported a manufacturing issue with the product.

When is it time to put a dog down with Addison’s disease?

In the advanced stages of the disease, an animal may collapse completely, suffering from heart problems caused by elevated levels of potassium in the blood. The advanced stages of this disease should be considered an emergency and veterinary care should be given immediately.

What is the life expectancy of a dog with Addison’s disease?

It’s often tempting for owners to decrease or stop medications once their dogs have recovered (and seem back to normal) but this can lead to a life-threatening crisis. The good news is that with proper veterinary care and medication, long-term prognosis is excellent with the majority of dogs living a normal lifespan.

How much does it cost to test a dog for Addison’s disease?

Typical costs for the Addison’s disease diagnosis usually range between $500 and $1,500. The cost will depend on which tests your vet conducts based on the clinical signs and health issues your dog displays. If your pet needs intensive care during the diagnostic process, the bills will be much higher.

What happens if you don’t treat Addison’s disease in dogs?

While the consequences can be serious, dogs can live a full life if properly treated. If left untreated, Addison’s can result in death. Reduced aldosterone production can result in different serum levels of chloride, sodium and potassium.

What dog breeds get Addison’s?

Certain breeds seem to be at increased risk for developing Addison’s disease. These include, but are not limited to: Portuguese Water Dogs, Bearded Collies, Standard Poodles, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers, Leonbergers, Great Danes, and Labrador Retrievers.

Should I give my dog prednisone in the morning or at night?

Do not double dose to catch up. Give oral prednisone or prednisolone with food to reduce the chance of stomach irritation. When given once daily for dogs, it’s best given in the morning. When given once daily to cats, it’s best given in the evening, as this is closest to the animals’ natural hormone cycle.

How long does it take for prednisone to start working in dogs?

This medication will take effect quickly, in about 1 to 2 hours, and improvement in clinical signs should follow.