Steroids in humans (I assume the same would be true in all mammals) can
accelerate the aging of organs approximately seven-fold. Long-term steroid use can result in a number of undesirable side effects - I would definitely research other options, especially holistic remedies.
Mom to: Raven -8 yr. old GSD
Diablo - 5 yr. old WGSD/Arctic Wolf hybrid CGC
Schatzie - GSD - at the Bridge