Dogs on steroids

poiuytrewq

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My elderly collie has been on steroids for a few years.
Briefly she started falling and going disunited, walking wrongly when tired etc.
The tablets helped hugely. She started showing symptoms again, so we upped the disease, she got side effects. Drinking, panting, seemed uncomfortable so we cut back and found a happier medium. More recently she worsened. The vets suggested I think about pts. I declined as she’s ok at home. Eating, wanting to come do horses. Seemed happy.
Very recently not so good. I have been thinking it’s time, but she’s still wagging and eating.
Last week I was running out of tablets, ordered more. Said I’d collect Monday as Lab and cat had boosters due.
I admit I skimped a little, missed a few doses to tide us over.
Forgot to tell OH to collect them when he took the dog and cat so she actually missed a dose.
Collected them and got her straight back on them.
But.. she’s improved so much 🤷‍♀️ So without vet advice I’ve cut back down to one a day.
Today she’s had an amazing day. She’s still a bit unsteady but has been playing madly with Cecil, finding balls and playing alone. Just really cheery. I’m just absolutely thrilled to bits.
shes 16 now so time is borrowed but has anyone had improvement after cutting back on previously needed steroids?
I will chat to her vet on Monday about it but as I’ve posted before the dog he sees is very different to reality as she is terrified of the vets surgery and literally collapses.
She’s just had such a massive turnaround. Can it be real?
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poiuytrewq

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Nb I know I can’t stop. She can’t walk without them
I’m just hesitant at becoming really happy and being really cautious incase this is a thing, a sudden improvement at reducing
 

Bellasophia

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My apricot st poodle (auto immune issues)was on medrol for years..vet said it was mild compared to the more classically prescribed prednisone .we gave a tablet every two days.
She did well on it ,was not incontinent ,it just seemed to improve her poor appetite.Without it I think she would have not given us twelve years.

I mentioned medrol,to a walker friend whose spaniel( on classic prednisone) was literally flooding her house( weeing) and she was ready to PTS.
She switched to medrol and the dog was significantly improved.
Worth a try?at this point you have nothing to lose.
nb. Do askyour vet.
 

Mynstrel

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Would taking some videos for the vet help the vet get a true picture of what is going on?
This definitely, our vet asks for video quite often if the dog isn't showing at the vet what they show at home. As for the dose we've been cleared with our vet going from 2 a day to 1 a day then back again (the reduction didn't work for us) so I wouldn't have thought you're causing issues with what you've done, and if that dose works then I'd stick with it. At 16 every day is precious so if it suits her go with it.
 
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