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I have a question re: the side effects of steroids for dogs?

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I have a question re: the side effects of steroids for dogs?
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Ellie replied 9 months ago.

I am a licensed veterinarian and I can answer your questions abbot side effects of steroids. What are your questions or concerns?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
My dog is on temaril P. I noticed he is taking short breaths not a full pant. Also his legs seem a little weak.
Expert:  Dr. Ellie replied 9 months ago.

Steroids can cause panting but the mechanism is currently unknown. Other side effects of steroids include increased thirst, increased urination, increased appetite and a pot bellied appearance. Steroids can also cause a generalized muscle wasting. Does this help to answer your question? please feel free to let me know if you need more information or have a specific question.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
He does look like he has a pot belly. He is taking 32 breaths per minute - is that concerning?
Expert:  Dr. Ellie replied 9 months ago.

32 breaths per minute is high end of normal so I wouldn't worry if his respiratory rate is above 40 consistently or he is in respiratory distress and having to work hard just to breathe then I would be concerned. otherwise it just sounds like he he having a typical steroid side effect.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Okay the seem time shorter breaths
Expert:  Dr. Ellie replied 9 months ago.

If he is at rest and seems to be comfortable otherwise, then I would just continue to monitor him. If he seems like he is struggling to breathe or is having to concentrate on breathing so much that he does not want to do other things like eat or play, then he may have a problem and should be seen by a veterinarian.

Because dos tend to breathe faster when they pant, if he is panting and not acting like he is distressed, then I would tend not to worry about this either. If you are concerned you can always take video of what he is doing and show your vet to see if he or she is concerned.

Does this address your concerns about your dog today?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
His hind legs seem weaker
Expert:  Dr. Ellie replied 9 months ago.

Generally muscle wasting is not seen for several weeks after use. This also depends on the dose as well. There is not a lot of steroid in Temeril-P so I would not expect a dramatic difference unless he is very small or on a large dose, then there may be some other reason that his hind legs are weaker and he should be seen by your veterinarian.

Expert:  Dr. Ellie replied 9 months ago.
Hi Cg,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Ellie