Cortisone Shot Side Effects in Pets

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Posted by Rosslyn (Australia) on 01/05/2015
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I took my silky terrier to the vet because he was red all over his stomach the vet gave him a cortisone injection and cream to apply I did tell the vet that he previously has had yeast infections. Next day all he did was sit on the sofa and shake was very depressed and lethargic although he ate well. Two weeks later the skin on his stomach started flaking off, so I stopped using the cortisone cream. Now four weeks later he is no longer red and itchy but his skin is still peeling off and he smells yeasty, I put him on a raw diet no starches no grains and have been bathing him in tea tree oil shampoo which has helped a lot he also has omega 3/6 oil and is almost better he has lots of bald patches hopefully his fur will grow back and his playful personality is almost back to normal. I will never allow my pets to be given cortisone again.


Posted by Pam (Bristow, Va) on 01/05/2015
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My cat starting having uti issues in September and took Orbax. The systems came back in December and she lost some weight. Bloodwork, ultrasound, xrays, etc revealed no known issues. Suggested I take her to a specialist, but she was 16-years-old and didn't make sense to spend another $1,000. No vomiting or diarrhea just some blood in the urine. She started losing weight so the Veterinarian gave her a steroid shot, Dexamethasone to make her hungry and perk her up. She died 5 days later. She had severe vomiting that night and couldn't walk the next day. She couldn't stand to eat out of a food bowl and I had to hold the water bowl for her. She was very disoriented and just became lifeless.


Posted by Denise (England) on 01/03/2015
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My cat died today 15 minutes after a cortisone shot. I am devastated. Vet never mentioned any risk. Wish I'd seen your website before now.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
01/03/2015

Denise, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your kitty :-(

Replied by Pam
Bristow, Va
01/05/2015

I am so sorry for your loss. My cat just died from a steroid injection this morning. She had Dexamethasone.


Posted by Christineo (Minneapolis, Mn) on 11/30/2014
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I took my cat Lucy to the vet on Friday because she was breathing rapidly and had a noise when she did. She was otherwise fine. Ate, drank, played like normal. I decided to take her in and at 5:30, she received a cortisone and penicillin shot. The vet thought MAYbe asthma, MAYbe pneumonia. Sent me home with a round of steroids and antibiotics to continue beginning 24 hours later for a week.

She was fine when we got home, though the other cats hissed at her per usual when one of them goes to the vet. She was fine at 10pm when I gave her her nightly treats. I woke up the next morning and she was dead. She WOULD HAVE BEEN two years old in January. Devastated!!! I can only think that the penicillin would have caused a reaction within a couple of hours due to the immune system, so I am inclined to think that cortisone was the issue. When I researched death after penicillin, I got a plethora of articles about the cortisone probably being the culprit.

I am devastated to think she was alone when she died. I was with my other cats when put to sleep, but Lucy was so YOUNG and full of vitality! She was the biggest sweetheart ever!! My heart is broken.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
12/01/2014

Hey Christineo!

I am very sorry to hear about the death of Lucy :(

I did research also as the death *yound* Lucy over a cortizone shot baffled me. This is what I found out.

"A less common side effect of corticosteroid use is to uncover hidden congestive heart failure (CHF). If heart disease is undetected (occult), especially if a heart murmur is not heard, fluid can rapidly fill up the lungs causing labored breathing and distress after a steroid injection is given. If the patient is promptly seen by a vet on an emergency basis and CHF is diagnosed by a chest x-ray, oxygen therapy and diuretic injections generally cause the fluid to be urinated out and an echocardiogram can be performed to further define the heart condition."

Source: http://felinedocs.com/dr-elyse-kent/steroid-use-in-cats-is-it-dangerous/

Lucy very likely had an undiagnosed cardiac condition - something your vet could not have anticipated. In hindsight the presenting symptoms are cardiac related, but in such a young cat asthma or pneumonia would be any vet's first guess, and the shot - properly indicated for asthma or pneumonia - pushed the cardiac condition over the edge. I suppose you could do an autopsy to confirm, but it won't bring her back.

My heart goes out to you for your sudden loss of Lucy~

{{{{{{{{{{{Christineo}}}}}}}}}}}}

Replied by Christineo
Minneapolis, Mn
12/05/2014

Thank you so much, Theresa!! I adopted Lucy and her sister as well as their mother (couldn't separate them) in early 2013. I sent Paws and Claws a letter about Lucy's sudden death today and she did mention cardiomyopathy as a possibility. I couldn't afford a necropsy, though I would think they would do one for learning purposes. Probably not. I have read articles stating that a cat with a murmur of any kind shouldn't be given steroids as CHF is likely. That murmurs should always be investigated first.

She (vet) heard the murmur a few months ago when they got their shots, but Lucy was so mad being there, it was a possibility that it was stress induced. She was quite flippant about the seriousness of it then AND the night I brought her in last week (I asked it her murmur needed treatment. "No."). I never would have guessed any of this would have happened. Surely she ought to know steroid precautions??

I just can't help but feel like we let Lucy down.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
12/05/2014

Hey Christineo!

I had the best cat *ever* who died of aortic thrombosis; he was the healthiest cat I knew of, who caught most of his meals - bunnies, chipmunks and the like. Waking up one morning to find him paralyzed in the rear was unreal, and even more surreal the diagnosis from my vet whom I love and respect and would follow to the ends of the earth that PTS was the best option. Goliath was just 12 years old -too soon for him to leave me, but his number was simply up: it was time for him to go on to his next mission, his next assignment. His early leaving allowed him to greet my two senior pitbulls Conan and Sonja who left 6 months and 9 months afterward. In hind sight I do not regret his untimely passing, as I know he greeted Conan and Sonja on the rainbow bridge only like a soul mate could.

I ask that you think about Lucy with different eyes; she has a soul path, a mission, and this early and shocking passing was part of her plan.

Look at her legacy; she sure taught that VET a thing or two!! This is huge - as some vet's cannot be told, but must learn in painful and embarrassing ways.

I urge you to write your vet a letter, explaining the situation. Explain that the murmur was a known pre-existing conditiont, that you brought it up prior to the shot, and that death after cortisone shot in cats is directly related to cardiomyopathy. The vet needs to know that you know... and that others that follow may be just as intelligent as you in their research.

I also want you to consider that CHF in cats is not a fun path to mosey down, and in passing early - while unexpected - saved Lucy pain and suffering and saved putting YOU through a draining experience of watching her waste away before your eyes as you wait for the other shoe to drop.

{{{{{{{Christineo}}}}}}}}}

{{{Thank you Lucy for your lesson! }}}

Replied by Christineo
Minneapolis, Mn
12/06/2014

Thank you so much for your kind and compassionate words, Theresa! I truly, truly appreciate them.

The idea that her death served a purpose is actually something I just posted on my Facebook page. That maybe, just maybe, her dying was a way of saving us both from the angst of getting the medications in her and possible complications from the actual cause of the murmur. I have to believe in something good in all of this. It's the only thing holding the pieces of my heart together.

In the same post, I did express confusion as to how she did not realize murmurs and cortisone don't "go together". And that I fully intended to address this with the vet's office. Is she a 'new' older vet? What is her background? She is new to the practice this year, but I don't know anything about her. I need to address this with the vet to save potential damage to future pets and their owners. She needs to consider the idea that small murmurs are still murmurs. And until you know 'why', you can't assume they are negligible. I've read in several places that you can't determine the severity of the murmur based on sound. It needs to be investigated. BUT...it does take money.

Again, I SO appreciate your words. I definitely believe in soul purpose and currently submerged in the belief/understanding of it. I will always struggle with the inability to be with her when she passed. But I suppose if I'd found her in distress and couldn't get her treated in time, it would have just been a whole new set of grief (different reasons). I need to just let it go and appreciate what time we did have together. And the love we gave each other.

xo

Replied by Christineo
Minneapolis, Mn
12/06/2014

Oh, Theresa. I had sent a message to the agency I adopted the kitties from to let them know. She had actually mentioned cardiomyopathy as a possibility and sent me links for it. I read that in the middle of the night when I couldn't sleep and that was the first time I ever felt any peace since she passed. The "who knows" limbo is incredibly miserable. I feel confident that I now know the answer to what happened to Lucy. <3

Replied by Christina
Ny
11/11/2015

Earily- my cats name was Lucy too. I took her to the vet last week for a skin issue. She was given a shot of cortisone. 3 days later she died of congestive heart failure at the vet's office. She had a heart murmur that the vet had asked me about minutes before she gave her the shot. She should have never been given the shot. I called the vet the day before she died and informed her of the symptoms and she said it was probably a reaction to the shot. By the time we took her in the next day it was too late. Malpractice??


Posted by Holly (Victoria, Tx) on 06/01/2014

My heart goes out to those that have had complications with the cortisone shot. My 4 yr old Schitzu (sorry for the spelling), Darcy, has had excessive itching for about 3 yrs. I thought it was under control after changing her food 3 times. Then it started all over again. She's had 3 cortisone shots in that 3 yr time period. It worked wonderfully with the only side effect of eating, drinking and of course gaining weight.

Well, here we are and she needs another shot but I'm weary about her having too many. I started using Tea Tree Oil and it worked great but the odor was way too strong. I accidentally discovered something else that seems to work really well. I bought a (what I would call a stupid spray that I believed was a sales gimic) made by Top Paw, with Lavender, it has lidocaine, allantion, hydrocortisone, glycerin, and wheat germ oil.

I always believed her itching was from anxiety not so much allergies, because I work long hours.

You won't believe what I just discovered this morning, you know how lavender is suppose to be calming, I took the lid off the bottle and let her smell and lick it and pretended to spray her back-end where she bites the most and now she's asleep and snoring.

I will get a bigger bottle and continue to use this method as long as it'll work. I'm so excited!!!!!! I'll try to keep posted with the progress. Please let me know if anyone else has tried lavender to calm down their pet. I wish the best to everyone. When Darcy is miserable, I'm miserable. She's a gift from God. :)


Posted by Hannah Cat Owner (Portugal) on 11/27/2013
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My 15 year old lady cat had a throat scan as she was always choking and had distended belly, this showed that her throat shape was not normal but crooked and she took in air through her mouth when eating, this caused the belly distension.She was given a cortisone shot to assist her laboured breathing & snoring.Then 2 more cortisone shots at intervals of 2 months but after the last one her weight fell to 2.1 kgs from 2.6 kgs so she just looks like a bag of bones, She drinks and pees a lot. The vet ran a blood test which showed nothing really bad except a possible tendency towards diabetes.

I see no mention of dramatic weight loss on the web?

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
11/27/2013

Hey Hannah!

Tanking up/drinking a lot and excessive urination are typical side effects of cortizone injections. The dramatic weight loss is not- you typically see a ravenous appetite and weight gain with these injections.

If the labs came back normal - no renal issues [typically associated with weight loss and excessive urination], you may wish to do additional x rays to check for a malignancy/tumor. For sure work closely with your vet to monitor your Old Lady Cat for diabetes which, although would not be strange for a cat of so many years is also a possible side effect from cortisone use and untreated diabetes will also cause dramatic weight loss.

Replied by Om
Hope Bc Canada
11/27/2013

Hi Theresa,

For many years I have had a hospice for discarded cats and some dogs. All these tests are tests - they do not heal but are a lucrative business, not to speak of the empty wallet and still no results.

Essiac has cured many problems including cancer. MMS has also prolonged the life of some pets with quality , especially in emergencies. Essiac cures also diabetes , see testimonies. Never give antibiotics except perhaps in pneumonia but I think MMS would deal well with that.

The difficulty lies with nutrition. All the vitamins printed on the containers and bags are synthetic. Research brings to light the fact that synthetics are damaging to the body so the cats eat and eat as the body seeks these natural vitamins. This is, of course, ideal for the pet feed businesses.

So I add diluted blackstrap molasses for minerals, kelp powder, MSM powder, as well as nutritional yeast which they really like. The drinking water contains hydrogen perox.

This has actually improved the conditions of all my pet family but I still cannot find good food for them. I tried raw but they contracted tape worm. The deworming meds from the vet are extremely poisonous. DE did not work for parasites after a four months trial. I use it for fleas in the flea season.

If you are very concerned give a half a drop of MMS hourly and then spaced out over a period of time. When you see her perk up, continue with more spacing. It deals also with parasites.

Never give antibiotics. it seems the entire planet suffers from fungal disease which combines with heavy metals and is a precursor of cancer. Feed pet probiotics instead which supports the immune system especially when needed. I hope you will do some research which will bear out the truth about the present allopatic business as opposed to God" pharmacy which is affordable and healing. All the best. Om

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
11/28/2013

Hey Om!

I will of course consider your advice; what tremendous experience you have gained in treated all those many discarded pets and helping them to health!

I am curious, however, that you discontinued a raw diet with your cats. Tape worms, while off-putting are the least concern when I deal with worms; whip worms, round worms - those worms can cause such harm as to kill, but not tapes. Since you use MMS to good effect, why would you not use MMS to rid your pets of worms?

I also have not had great success with DE for worms internally, but I have spoken to those who have and they assure me I didn't use DE correctly. A top quality diet plus daily ongoing use of DE is what worked for them, not dosing the DE as a pharmaceutical as I tried. Something to think on.

Replied by Om
Hope Bc Canada
11/29/2013

Hi Theresa from Mpls- I had researched DE well I thought and was dismayed that it had no results other than all cats having to take drontal which is poisonous and getting extremely expensive.

As to healthy diet, I am vegan and have been on a veg diet for most of my life.. I don't know what else one has to do with DE to make it work other than the info. online.

As to tapeworm, I have no tolerance for any parasite as they cause nutritional deficiencies , fatigue and a muddy aura.

I am reminded many years ago a vet told me that cortisone shortens life. Is it worth it? And a good thing is probiotics for people and animals. Anyway I wish your sweety is doing better. Please let us know. Namaste, Om

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
11/29/2013

Hey Om!

I think you have me confused with Hannah, the OP for this thread.

The DE is for long term, daily, continuous use for worms - and I agree, chemical wormers contain scary chemicals. But you indicated that you used MMS with good result - just wondering why you would not feed a RAW diet - perhaps the healthiest out there for cats - and use MMS if you developed a worm problem.


Posted by Mere (Apalachin, Ny) on 10/13/2013
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My cat Dinque was given a cortizone shot for excessive itching. She has had the itching for years and nothing has helped. So the vet gave her a cortizone shot, I did not ask about the dosage or about the side effects. However, she is very lethargic and I just searched the web to understand the side effects and learned that lethargy is one. She weighs about 11pounds and is bait 5 years old. Do you how long it will take for the shot to wear off? The vet said I should bring her back in 3 months to see if there is improvement .

Do you know if there is any brand of food to which many cats have an allergy? Or, any additive I should be aware of?

Thanks, Mere

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
10/14/2013

Hey Mere!

The depression and lethargy *typically* lasts for 24 hours. The steroids last in the system 3-6 weeks - and sometimes a bit longer -its all individual.

As a general rule of thumb, foods with grains should be avoided and foods with real meat in the first 3-5 ingredients should be favored. Foods with coloring agents and dyes should be avoided. There are websites such as 'cat food advisor' that help make choosing a diet a bit easier.

Take a read of your cat food ingredient label - this will help you get an idea of your next step. And keep a full bowl of fresh, clean water out for your kitty as some will develop a tremendous thirst as they process the steroids out of their system.


Posted by Lawrence (Chatsworth Ca) on 08/27/2013
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We just recently lost are beloved 8 1/2 year old Yorkie, Mordy. 12-26-2004-7/09/2013 After 1-3 Kenalog Shots yearly from 6 months to 5 years old for skin allergies. Later found to be a food allergy. Was not warned until age 5. Autoimmune reactions from the Kenalog ( Cortisone ) Heartworm pills, excessive Vaccinations, Flea meds, etc. The final trigger was a mistake by a vet tech that gave Mordy 3 Vaccinations, Bordetella, Corona and Provo on the same day on 8/31/2010. Within 24 hrs started drinking excessive amounts of water and then went back to normal after 3-4 days. This was a warning sign along with the mood swings and intolerance to heat, Panting, etc of a Hormone imbalance. Mordy never received another Vaccination, Flea treatment, Heartworm pills, etc for the rest of his life. A Holistic vet said the most likely cause is the excessive Cortisone, Vaccinations, Flea meds, etc that caused a major Hormone imbalance, RISE in Estrogen, Adrenal fatigue, Rise in Cortisol from the Shots. Then Adrenal exhaustion that led to SARDS. With the Hormone imbalance the Body starts attacking itself. Calcium influx into the retinas, GI upset, low IGA, Thyroid levels, etc. After a dog attack on 12/6/2010 Mordys Adrenals went into exhaustion. With in 30 days Mordy started going Blind. Long story short after a MRI in 4/2011 and a IV of Medrol. On the next day Mordy was able to see better. We then started on the wrong daily treatment, Prednisone tabs at to high of a daily dosage. That process through the liver and should never be used. Lowered the daily dosage over a period of 14 days to 1. 5mg daily for a 17lb dog. After 30 days on Pred switched to Medrol at 1. 2mg daily. A more powerful steroid that goes directly into the blood stream but can cause more GI upset. Prednisolone also goes directly into the blood stream and if you have no choice this is the one to use and only at a very low dosage, ( may produce less acid in the GI over Medrol ) and should be taken a min of 30 min after a antacid. A Thyroid Pill must be taken twice daily at the correct dosage to cycle the Steroid out of the body in a 24 hr period. After 60 days on medrol and a 100 days on the Plectner/Levin treatment plan to raise the body's daily cortisol to the normal levels, balance the hormone levels and slowly lower the ESTROGEN, Raise the Thyroid and IGA levels to save some of Mordys Vison and stop the Body from attacking itself, Calcium influx, etc. Mordy devoloped Pancreatitis, 7/2011 A reaction from Medrol a steroid changed to after 30 days of Pred. Mordy had a allergic reaction to the Medrol along with blood sugar issues. After a Plasma transfusion with the help of Dr Dodds we started Mordy on MODUCARE a holistic option, will not raise the Adrenals to the same level. Mordy did well on Moducare, Estrogen was continuing to drop but not to the normal levels, IGA was still below normal at 60, ( Some Dr's feel a IGA under 70 over a extended period of time can led to GI irritation, Cancer, etc ). in late April, 4/2013 Mordy ate some cat poop mistaken it for Chicken droppings next to the bar-b-q and within 24 hrs started drinking excessive amounts of water, Diarrhea, Started giving Edosorb tabs for the Diarrhea. Then in early May, 5/2013 stopped eating took to the Vet. Ran a blood test was in stage 3 Kidney failure. Ran a Ultrasound found a Tumor mass in the Lower GI-Colon. Was on IV fluids daily for 5 days at the hospital. Took Mordy home and started the daily fluids and Kidney Protocol to continue to lower Mordys numbers. Late June 6/2013 Mordy was getting picky on his food choices and on 7/5/2013 stopped eating, Gums were very pale, Anemic. Took Mordy to the Hospital ran another blood test now in stage 4 renal failure. RBC was very low, Anemia set in they feel the tumor was bleeding, Blood in the colon. Two blood transfusion, RBC went up but would not hold. Tried Carafate to stop the bleeding. Surgery was not a option so at 10am on 7/9/2013 we took Mordy home to spend are last day together and had a Dr come to the house at 6:30pm to set Mordy free.

I am not a Dr but after doing alot of research and responses from two top DR's they feel the possible causes are Excessive Vaccinations, Steroids shots, Flea meds, Heartworm etc caused the Hormone imbalance that eventually led to the Adrenal/Hormone imbalance, above normal estrogen, Low IGA that opens the door to Cancer, Kidney/Liver damage, etc.

Moducare really helped Mordy live longer but was not enough to fully balance his Hormone levels.

Now with what I have learned I would have first ran a food allergy test.

HEMOPET.ORG has a Saliva test kit the is very accurate and once you know what foods are causing the issue you can slowing make a change. Grain free can dog food is a safer option over Kibble. Home cooked is a better option along with home made dehydrated Sweet Potatoes that are much better and safer over Processed Beef or chicken strips.

And you can keep Vaccinations to a Min by having a resistance test done first. Then with the help of a Holistic Vet look at all the options first and if needed they can use the lowest dosage possible. You can also get a Rabies exception letter from your vet.

We miss Mordy every day but in the end we know Mordy is in a better place. Playing with my first Yorkie mix that I set free in may 1987.

Look into all the options first. Check the Thorne Research website and Look up ModucareVet. For Allergies and to help balance the immune response.


Posted by Miss E (Texarkana, Ar) on 07/12/2013

I inherited my Uncle's cat, Kitty, when he passed away a few months ago. Kitty was scratching all of the time because of fleas, and she had scabs all over her chest and face. The vet said it was flea allergy dermatitis, and he gave her a cortisone shot. The shot cleared the scabs up, but soon after, Kitty started drinking TONS of water and peeing A LOT! She hasn't been acting like herself lately, so I took her to the vet today. He did a blood test, and her blood glucose was 500! He's keeping her over the weekend to give her insulin; he wants to bring the glucose down and see if she is really diabetic or if this was a result of the cortisone shot.


Posted by Om (Hope BC, Canada) on 07/12/2013

Another cortizone shot side effect. I know of other pets who became diabetic after c. shot and also after prednizone.

I am diabetic but after learning from EC how diabetic allopathic meds kill (see also GreenMed Info. Com) I threw all that paraphernalia away and, being vegan now, feel very healhy and very different than before. Insulin kills.

As to your kitty I would suggest do some research on natural health lines. There must be something that would provide an answer. I have found all my health answers online, on EC and MMS. That is where I would go. MMS have a supportive team. Right now I have three cats on MMS for various complaints. Believe me, it is affordable and effective. Start with one half drop for kitty and go no further than 2 drops. I wish you both all the best. Love, Om


Posted by Erica (Highlands Ranch, Co) on 07/07/2013
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My cat had been having an itchy ear canal for months. I had tried so many different home remedies. She would itch and itch that ear and it was chronically scabbed from the incessant scratching. I had sanitized it, put salve on it, antibiotic cream, hydrogen peroxide, organic pet sprays, and even resorted to benadryl cream. My husband got fed up and wanted to take her to the vet. The vet had already seen it when she had a tooth infection and they had given me some drops to use. The drops never made any difference. So several months later, when he took her, they suggested a cortisone shot. I'm a chiropractor and do not really subscribe to very many traditional medical or veterinary practices. But my cat had really been suffering with this itchy ear and I had exhausted all topical remedies and they verified it wasn't anything else to worry about.

I have been noticing and EXTREME amount of cat pee to clean up in her 2 litter boxes. It is more in a couple/few days than when I still had 2 cats. It took me a while to realize this was the case but I had also realized her water bowl, which has a tank on top of it empties much faster than it used to.

Fortunately her ear stopped itching within a couple of days and the scabs finally went away. She had scratched fur and skin off of a very wide area on her head, so it was a relief that she was looking better. But now I"m concerned that the shot has ruined her organs. It is not okay that she has to pee and drink so much. And the vet didn't give my husband any warning about side effects or I wouldn't have given my permission. It doesn't seem like her health has otherwise deteriorated. She never had anything wrong in 15 years until after her "brother" died last year. That itchy ear was frustrating but jeez, organ failure for a shot for something that wasn't life threatening? That same vet did an INCREDIBLE job for an infected tooth that had eaten through her jaw bone and she didn't have one moment of trouble recovering from that. But I see the glibness with which drugs are given and it is really a shame. If I could find so much info on the internet in the top half of a google page, it MUST be a well-known problem.

Replied by Joyce
Illinois
05/07/2016
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Your story sounds just like mine. My 11 year old cat has always had itchy waxy ears, we keep them clean.2 weeks ago, the scratching was crazy, and her low moan when she would do it.The vet gave me ear drops and a med by mouth..week later still the same. Took her back to the vet, she got a cortisone shot, that was on Wednesday, she hasn't been the same since, she won't get in her cat bed, or sleep with me, like she is hot.she drinks water like crazy and pees all the time, in her liter pan..but tonight she peed on me...not for sure what to do with her...and keeps eating and eating, which she was a nibbler..my poor baby


Posted by Marie-Ange (Columbus, Oh) on 06/27/2013
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My dog of 115-lbs was given a Cortisone shot 8 days ago & is still having severe panting episodes everyday. I am SO frightened. Called office 2x only to be told w/sarcastic tone "Ma'am, your little dog is not going to die. " He claims the labored breathing could be from anything. If poor Rocky lives thru this week, I will search for a holistic office. I can't believe I allowed him to suffer this way. Vet never told me side effects until after he gave the shot. I would have NEVER agreed to any med causing excessive panting to my poor Rocky who is overweight/6 yrs old/neurotic from abandonment 4x & death of dog pal of 6yrs.


Posted by Maria (Aston, Pa) on 06/02/2013
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My baby girl Sophie was 6 yrs old she started limping so I got worried never sick a day in her life took her to the vet on a Sunday they said she had some swelling in her spine not sure exact cause only mricould see everything gave her a shot of rimadyl she came home lethargic, tongue slightly hanging out drooling a bit falling ever time she stood and barely eating, after a few days I started to get real worried after stopping the med she wasn't getting better took her back to the vet and the stupid vet gave her a sot of steroids I have no idea why never explaining anything she left there barely responsive couldn't stand at all drooling so bad it was just pouring out of her mouth we took her back a few hours later she said there was nothing she could do unless she did back surgery that night she started having seizures and I eventually had to put her to sleep sat morning I know that she killed my dog and not one dr would listen they all said it wasn't the drugs it was something else I am having an autopsy done because I feel I killed her by not doing everything possible I miss her so much it is killing me I haven't stopped crying its all I do I close my eyes and see her pretty little face.

Replied by Ellen
Huntington Beach, CA
12/07/2014

I'm so sorry to hear this. It's not your fault. Sometimes doctors treat all dogs and cats in a very standard way but they are all different and react differently to the same meds. I'm so sorry. Similar situation happened with my mom's dog.

Replied by Gloria
Bulverde,Tx
11/14/2015

I know this happened a couple of years ago to you, but your comments made me cry out. I know how you felt. You did not kill your pet, you loved her. Right now my cat is panting and not eating. He's lethargic. He had an itching problems with some scabs. I took him to the vet 3-4 days ago and he gave my Joey a cortisone shot and an antibiotic shot for the scabs. He is breathing hard and sleeping. I feel that he is going to die. He is about 13 years old. I raised him since he was about 2 months old. He has slept with me for 13 years. I believe the vet made a mistake in giving him the 2 shots at the same time. I wish I had not taken him to the vet. I am praying over my Joey and hoping that God will heal him. I don't trust that vet any more. I asked God to heal him but if his quality of life is going to be bad, then take him home, I don't want him to suffer. I will see him again in Heaven.


Posted by Shayne (Raleigh, North Carolina) on 03/17/2013
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I am reading about the side effects of cortizone shots. I took my cat in for allergies and the cat had no prior allergies before. He was given a cortizone-steroid he had no change and the vet recommended another to offset the shot... I figured he would be better. 2 weeks after that the vet gave him a cortizone shot without my permission.

My cat's personality has changed from being content to being grumpy... He DOESN'T stop asking for food!! (no worms or parasites) and the biggest is he can't stop overgrooming. :(

before the shot:

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/p206x206/41286_468338297904_6177520_n.jpg

after the shot: https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/225724_10150255186707905_3013801_n.jpg

and this is not even the worst of it. :(

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/168886_10151097202217905_638035825_n.jpg

another example. :(

I wish they'd ban these from pet practices!


Posted by Helen (Santa Barbara, Ca) on 02/14/2013
0 out of 5 stars

If your cat is suffering and needs a cortisone shot, please make sure you get your cat an ultrasound before you do that. I took my cat for an ear infection and they gave her a cortisone shot that brought out a heart condition that she already had and she was dead in two weeks. BE AWARE OF WHAT YOU ARE DOING!!!



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