Steroids and Odd Behavior....Linked?
Some of you know Zoe has been on prednisone for the last 2 weeks for severe itching. We started at 40mg's a day for 4 days, then 20 mg's for 6, and now 10mg's for 3, then 5mg's for three as a semi slow wean from them. Her first full day on them she leaped up and tore a pillow literally in 2 for no reason...she's never destroyed a pillow in her life much less right in front of me. Since then she has taken to shredding trash, flinging cat litter everywhere, eating food from the counters, eating the cats food, and eating half of my daughter's poetry project yesterday. She's been out of her chewing stage for some time though is crated when we are gone but since she's been on these meds has been busting out of the crate,lol
I know the meds up her appetite, but seriously is all this normal? I gate my kitchen where the crate is but since she can open doors she can still access the trash, my food in the pantry, and in the fridge- yes the fridge!! I even bungee corded the door off my kitchen where the trash and food are and she chewed right through it in the 5 hours I was gone to work and that is of course AFTER escaping her crate grrrrrrr.
So will this go away when the meds do, or has she developed a nasty new habit? I just got new zip ties to tie the crate secure for tomorrow hoping they will hold and have moved the kitchen trash outside for now...any other bright ideas i am missing. The vet did say some dogs have such severe side effects they have to be taken off quicker but while this is obnoxious I wouldn't quite call it severe,lol