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1) How is the difficulty walking when on steroids? better or worse? 2) Have any other meds but steroids been tried? 3) Where are these sores? 4) When did the weaning of the steroids begin?
I have to wonder if, at his age, if steroids aren't offering some benefit to underlying joint tenderness. We can also see muscle weakness on steroids, too. It might be worthwhile to consider treatment that is not a steroid since pets routinely do poorly on them long-term. If no other meds have been tried, I would highly recommend trying antihistamines to see if they help. If they do not, I would talk to your vet about using medications like atopica or apoquel which can be used long-term for itching but don't have near the major side effects that long-term steroid usage does.My favorite antihistamine for dogs is Zyrtec as it works better than others, in my experience. This can be purchased OTC and the dosing info is here: http://cheyennewest.com/antihistamines-for-dogs-cats/
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