Features January 2019 Issue

Steroids for Dogs: Pros & Cons

Corticosteroids come in many forms and can be delivered in many ways, from otic (for use in ears), ophthalmic (for use in eyes), injectable, and as an oral medication.

Steroids for Dogs: Pros & Cons

Owners love these effective drugs for the visible speed of their action but they should be used with care, as their powerful effects can cause harm, too.

Steroids are perhaps one of the most ubiquitous medications in the veterinary world. They can be used for a host of problems ranging from inflammation and allergies to autoimmune disease. While they are incredibly useful and diverse medications, steroids are not without significant side effects. It is important to know why they are used and how they can best be used. It is also critical to realize the possible negative effects and interactions that can occur. Steroids are not benign.

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