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Can u give steroid to 1 yr old cat with anemia type symptoms...fleas..

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can u give steroid to 1 yr old cat with anemia type symptoms...fleas...tapeworms....has respiratory problems..need immediate recommendation as it is getting harder to take a breath.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 2 years ago.
Hello. I'm sorry for the long wait. Yes, you can give steroids here. The anemia sounds like it's secondary to parasitism. In that case, a blood transfusion and anti-parasitic meds are needed. A steroid may help decrease some of the accompanying inflammatory processes. It's not the last step of treatment, but it's something that you can try. I usually go with a dose ~ 1 mg per kg (0.5 mg per lb) body weight. I will give it 1-2 times daily. This is when using Prednisolone. I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 2 years ago.

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

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