The long-term dosing may vary from as little as 5 mg to as high as 20 mg. For those that do need to stay on corticosteroids, medications to help aid in the suppression of the immune system may be given. Cyclosporine or azathioprine are two that are commonly given for this.
One of the most important elements is to get the dog on a treatment program as quickly as possible. Once there are good signs of improvement, the steroid doses will be gradually decreased; this is done VERY slowly, because if it is done too rapidly the dog may relapse.
Additional home treatment - When on corticosteroids, a dog will have the urge to drink more water and it is important that owners make sure that fresh, cool water is available at all times. Due to increased urination, it can help to take your dog outside more often than normal to allow him/her to release their bladder. A supportive orthopedic canine bed, along with an assortment of small pillows can help a Beagle experiment with different resting and sleeping positions that may provide some relief.