From our Mummy:
I personally do not encourage the use of steroids, unless the condition is death threatening.
The problem with our local vets, as well as many other conventional vets in the world is that, they abuse the use of steroids on animals.
It seems to me that, there is no other alternative treatment that vets can pescribe, other than the use of steroids.
It is so unfortunate that Baubles is one of those victims, who have been constantly given steroids (external & internal) for his multiple conditions.
I thought I have well, prevented the use of steroids on him for at least a year. However, due to his chronic eye condition (blepharitis), he was seen by a vet who gave him an antibiotics + steroids.
No doubt, his condition improved tremendously in days. Even his skin, which were never perfect, was squeaky clean (no rash, no bump).
Well, that lasted for about 2 – 3 weeks. After which, his eye problem came back.
And, his entire body was in a mess. He had multiple huge red angry bumps all over his body. He was scratching like mad. His body smelled.
At this point, for most owners, this would have sent them panicking & again, send their poor dog to the vet for another round of treatment. Again, the vet will most likely give another round of steroid jabs OR cream.
And the skin will be back to being perfect again. And the problem WILL recur few weeks later.
IT’S A VICIOUS CYCLE.
I knew for sure, the breakout was due to the jab, the steroid, to be exact.
Yes, it pained me to see him in such great discomfort. I tried my best to alleviate his discomfort by applying the herbal spray. He appeared better but he still scratched. This lasted for about 2 weeks.
I maybe a bad owner, to most people. To be able to bear the sight of him in such discomfort. But I know, this is a phase my brave boy had to go through, if I didn’t want him to be addicted or fall victim again to the use of steroids.
So please, when & where ever possible, AVOID the use of steroids. The cure, is but, momentary but the side effects are, a torture.
To show you how bad his breakout was, here’s a photo:
This was his chest area. The rashes were similar on his back, neck & legs. There was also a few on his head. Yes, it was extremely BAD.
But now, they have slowly subsided to become this:
I know of owners who send their dogs for steroid jabs regularly for chronic skin conditions. This is something I totally discourage. Skin problems, even if it cannot be cured, it can be managed by natural & safe methods. And the best way is always through food. It takes time. If you are the impatient one who wants to see immediate results, I’m sorry, natural remedies don’t work that way.
For my boy, it took about a month to see improvements but at least I know he didn’t have to go through the vicious cycle of having such hellish breakouts again due to steroids.