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SLMP56 posted:
My sister in law's vet has had her Standard Poodle on steriod for two years and now her 11 year old dog is having some sever issue's with her stomach. The dog also has a distended stomach and she is lathargic.
My question is, since she has been on this steriod for so long could it have hurt her internal organs?
Bernadine Cruz, DVM responded:
Long term steroid useage is always a tricky subject. There are times that this is the only medication that will work for financial and/or medical reasons. Not knowing what the pet was treated for, what other treatment modalities were attempted, response to therapy, doseage used and type of monitoring that went on during the two years makes determining whether or not the steroids had an adverse effect on the pet difficult. Yes, steroids can have undesireable side effects such as weakening of the immune system, stomach ulcers, liver inflammation and more. Steroids if used judiciously have saved many lives.

Best of luck for the return of health to your sister's dog.
Dr. Bernadine Cruz
SLMP56 replied to Bernadine Cruz, DVM's response:
I will forward your information to my sister in law and I thank you so much for the reply!


Bernadine D. Cruz, DVM, is an associate veterinarian at Laguna Hills Animal Hospital, Laguna Hills, Calif. She specializes in companion animal medicin...More

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