One use of steroids is against fighting the itchiness that is caused by allergic reactions. Allergies are usually common is certain dog breeds like Labradors Bulldogs, Maltese many others. Allergies can be caused by various factors such as food, fleas, or even seasonal allergens, which can be referred to as atopy. If you will be using steroids for your dog’s allergies, make sure that you only use them on a short-term basis. Topical steroids are the best option if you are going to treat skin allergies, because it will have fewer side effects as well. Such steroids can help treat inflammation and itching, which can be very traumatizing for your pet.
Certain conditions like swelling, pain, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and intervertebral decrease can also be treated by using steroids. It can help lessen inflammation.
3. Autoimmune Diseases
Autoimmune diseases are also common in dogs, and steroids can be used to treat various types. They work by suppressing your pet’s immune system, so that your pet’s body doesn’t automatically defend itself thinking that it has an infection or illness. However, high doses of steroids are used for this type of treatment.
4. Addison’s Disease
In Addison’s disease, your pet doesn’t produce enough steroids that are responsible for balancing water and electrolytes in the body. Cortisol and mineralocorticoids are vital kinds of steroids that are needed by your pet’s body, and being unable to produce them puts your dog at risk of various illnesses. Addison’s usually result to weight loss, diarrhea and selective appetite. In order to combat the disease, steroids are taken in order to replace the missing corticoids.
5. Treatment for Cancer
Steroids can also be used for cancer treatment, since several cancers respond to them by decreasing in size. A common type of cancer in dogs is Lymphoma. However, many other kinds of cancers are treated with oral steroids, in adjunction to chemotherapy and/or radiation.