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Q: Steroid shots causing liver damage in cats.

June 23, 2011 | By Sharon | 3 answers | Expired: 1017 days ago

Sharon

Have read several articles on the Zoo regarding giving
our feline pets steroid shots. My friend is confronted
with this issue at the moment and is very concerned
as to the shots causing liver damage. She is trying
to space them at least a year apart.

Readers' Answers (3)
Kavykeeper
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Jun 24, 2011

Steroids have all sorts of bad side effects but sometimes they are the only thing to treat certain ailments. Low dosages and quick tapering of them keep most of those to a minimum. Same goes for use in humans.

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Kelly
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Jun 24, 2011

When Smokey was diagnosed with EGC, I did tons of research & asked lots of questions about this. It's the only treatment for EGC, so I wanted to know what to be prepared for. My vet's target was to get him to one treatment every three months. We usually surpass that, but right now we're giving daily doses of prednisone. The general consensus from the vets that I talked to, including an holistic vet, & the research I did online with vet hospitals was this...Cats are more resistant to the side effects of steroids than other animals, including humans. If they take them continuously over an extended period, they can develop other problems not related to the liver like hair loss or increased thirst & urination. But cats typically tolerate these drugs very well without any side effects even with long term use. In our case, the benefits far outweigh the risks. Without the meds, the EGC could destroy the tissue of his mouth, nose & eyes. Our vet monitors him closely & watches for any signs of side effects just in case. We've done this for several years now & except for his autoimmune disease, he's as healthy as he can be.

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Ches21
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Jun 24, 2011

I don't think they do cause Shorty has to get them he is allergic to fleas so badly that the vets reccomend he gets them every month and so far he is still healthy also he was not healthy before he started getting the shots.

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