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post #3 of (permalink) Old 01-25-2016, 04:59 PM
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[QUOTE=jcellwood;7593978]the 2 most recent Vet visits for this problem he received a steroid injection and was precribed Antibiotics and Anti-fungal. This strategy works well for 3 weeks or so. I suspect the biggest help is the steroid.[QUOTE]

Some thoughts to consider:

Dr. Karen Becker DVM –
"Steroids (also called prednisone, cortisone or the nondescript “allergy shot”) are the least optimal treatment choice, as they work by suppressing your pet’s immune system. Steroids actually turn the immune system off, which improves the symptoms remarkably fast but doesn’t address the root issue of why your pet’s immune system is over-reacting in the first place. Not only can steroids have a negative effect on your pet’s liver, adrenal glands and kidneys, but suppressing your pet’s immune system with steroids also allows for opportunistic yeast and bacteria to grow on your pet’s skin, sometimes increasing the chances that antibiotics may be prescribed." Pets and Steroids - Heartbreaking testimonial of an animal on steroids
"Steroid medications are serious business for animals. They inhibit several normal GI processes and also suppress the immune system, allowing opportunistic disease-causing pathogens to colonize. Vets often use a different term for steroids, such as an “anti-inflammatory” shot or pill. I recommend you ask that your pet’s records to be marked with the words, “No steroids without owner’s consent” -- or your vet could prescribe them without your knowledge. Although there are rare life-threatening diseases for which treatment with steroids is sometimes warranted, the majority of steroids prescribed in veterinary medicine are for non-life threatening issues. If your dog or cat is itching, or is achy, you might receive a steroid medication to treat this minor condition. This is an unacceptable practice to me."
"Steroids / Cortisones are used many times for many different illness/disease, the reason for using them is to reduce inflammation and swelling only, they do not heal the animal. They work by suppressing the body's immune system not healing the body of the disease or illness! Inflammation and swelling are a normal part of the body's immune response. ..... Steroids do not cure anything, they only suppress the symptoms and drive them deeper within the system." Diana Hayes DIHom Dip Animal Homeopathy

"You take your dog to the vet with a skin infection. Your vet gives your dog a steroid injection. The skin infection clears up. Later, you discover your dog has kidney disease. Is there a clear connection between the steroid injection and your dog's diseased kidneys? You don't know. But we do know that steroids are known to damage kidneys. We also know, from the drug manufacturers' own data sheets, that steroids can cause liver damage, brittle bones, diabetes, adrenal insufficiency, an inability to deal with stress, and damage to the immune system." Catherine O'Driscoll

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