Over The Counter Medications & Side Effects Of Corticosteroids For Dogs

Over The Counter Medications & Side Effects Of Corticosteroids For Dogs

May 4, 2011 | Dog Diseases | Leave a Comment |

Vets usually prescribe corticosteroids for dogs when the pet is suffering from:

  • allergies to certain foods or inhalants;
  • auto immune ailments;
  • painful joint conditions;
  • skin infections;
  • hypoadrenocorticism;
  • eye problems, particularly acute uveitis
  • pain in the muscles;
  • inflammation of the brain
  • swelling of the spinal cord
  • inflammation of the tendons
  • swelling of the lungs or the intestinal tract; and
  • Cancerous tumors.

There are many brands of over the counter corticosteroids for dogs, the strongest of which include dexamethasone and betamethasone. Corticosteroids may come in the form of injectable medications or eye drops, but the most common and most popular type is oral corticosteroids for dogs, as pet owners merely have to ask their pet to lap up the medication. Pet owners must remember not to stop medicating the dog in an abrupt manner. Taking the dog off from corticosteroid medication must be made gradually.

Corticosteroids for Dogs Side Effects

Pet owners must expect the following side effects to manifest if their pet has been on corticosteroid medication:

  • More food and water intake
  • Urinary problems, as fluid retention is inevitable
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Drastic changes in behavior
  • Liver and kidney problems
  • May appear lethargic and weak
  • Infertility with chances of abortion
  • Manifest lesions on skin
  • May suffer hair lost
  • May develop diabetes and sustain stomach ulcers
  • Pets owners can use fish oil foe swelling and ginger to alleviate pain.

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