Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Announcements

The Pet Health Community and Pet Health Center are NOT substitutes for a vet visit. Contact a vet in an emergency! | Dog Conditions A-Z | Dog Symptoms A-Z | Cat Conditions A-Z | Cat Symptoms A-Z

Remember Your Beloved Pet
Includes Expert Content
Steriods
avatar
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?
Reply
 
avatar
AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
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
 
avatar
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!


Featuring Experts from AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION

Sandy Willis, DVM, DACVIM, is a small animal internal medicine consultant for Phoenix Central Laboratory, an independent veterinary diagnostic laborat...More

Helpful Tips

Helping Hospice Patients Keep Their PetsExpert
Pets are an extremely important part of our lives. And this is especially true when we are at the end of our days. What could be more ... More
Was this Helpful?
34 of 46 found this helpful

Report Problems to the
Food and Drug Administration

FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Learn more about the AVMA

WebMD Special Sections