Betamethasone

From Dog

Betamethasone is a corticosteroid with a longer duration than most corticosteroids except methylprednisolone acetate.

Betamethasone has been used as an intrathecal application for management of hot spots[1] and in otic preparations for use in otitis externa[2].

It has also been used for topical prophylactic therapy in primary closed angle glaucoma[3].

Recommended dose rate in dogs is 0.1 - 0.2 mg/kg given orally every 12 - 24 hours.

References

  1. Cobb MA et al (2005) Topical fusidic acid/betamethasone-containing gel compared to systemic therapy in the treatment of canine acute moist dermatitis. Vet J 169(2):276-280
  2. Ginel PJ et al (2007) Effects of otic betamethasone on intradermal testing in normal dogs. Vet Dermatol 18(4):205-210
  3. Miller PE et al (2000) The efficacy of topical prophylactic antiglaucoma therapy in primary closed angle glaucoma in dogs: a multicenter clinical trial. J Am Anim Hosp Assoc 36(5):431-438