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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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My dog just finished a steroid treatment. Can this cause a

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My dog just finished a steroid treatment. Can this cause a loss of appetite?
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Gus, age 8. He is a black lab weighing a little over 100 lbs
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Gus?
Customer: He recently had an eye infection which is being treated with drops and also a coughing that was the reason for the steroids. He has also been on an antibiotic which he has finished. He had x-rays taken and since then has had severe weakness in his legs. My vet tells me that that came from all of the movement needed to take the x-rays. He also has a fatty tissue tumor at his front left let which he has had for a couple of years.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

There are three scenarios to consider with Gus. Steroids usually increase appetite and so you may be seeing a decrease in appetite to normal now that the steroids aren't being administered. The second consideration is that the steroids were effective in helping Gus and afforded him a feeling of well-being and now that they've been discontinued, he has recrudesced (relapsed without cure in between events). Less commonly, the steroids were stopped too suddenly. If given for more than a couple of weeks, they need to be tapered over a few weeks when discontinuing them. If not, an iatrogenic Addison's disease can arise - a temporary deficiency in naturally produced steroids.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you for your concern, we received the test results and are sorry to learn that Gus has cancer. We have decided not to put Gus through any cemo due to his age and current condition. Again, thank you for your help and concern!
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this. Thank you for taking the time to let me know. You may receive an inappropriate follow-up from the site ostensibly sent by me. It wasn't and I apologize in advance should you receive it.