Steroid use in cats

Just as they can with human use, the side effects of steroid treatment among cats vary from mild to severe. Some cats experience an increase in appetite and thirst, weight gain, and sodium and fluid retention. Other cats experience personality changes and may become more aggressive or irritable than usual. Certain side effects, like difficulty breathing and the onset of kidney or liver disease, can seriously affect the cat’s quality of life or even be fatal. If a veterinarian prescribes a steroid treatment for a cat, he should closely monitor the cat’s positive and negative reactions to the treatment and adjust or discontinue the medication as necessary.

Steroids killed nine-year-old Lexie McConnell after only five and a half weeks. In August 1993, Lexie was diagnosed as having toxoplasmosis. The consultant put her on 80 mg per day of prednisolone. Immediately, she suffered severe side effects, huge weight gain , terrible pains, holes in her tongue and black stools. After nearly a month, at her parents' pleading, the doctors quickly lowered the dosage to 60 mg, 40 mg, 20 mg. In excruciating pain, Lexie was taken to a hospital, where it was discovered she'd contracted chickenpox. Four days later, she died. A few years later, another eye specialist declared that a simple course of antibiotics could have cleared up her infection. The above excerpt is from Ursula Kelly's site

Steroid use in cats

steroid use in cats

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