Sunday, February 25, 2018

Natural Alternatives To Pet Steroid Medications

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What Are Steroids? Why Are Steroids Prescribed for Pets?
Steroids are medications that are prescribed for reducing inflammation or as an immunosuppresant drug. Some health conditions that may be helped by using steroids are Autoimmune diseases, pain, IBD symptoms and skin allergies. Common names of synthetic forms of corticosteroids that are prescribed for pets include:  PrednisonePrednisoloneDexamethasoneTriamcinolone, and MethylprednisoloneAlthough there are times that steroids can be helpful, they have many side effects (both long and short-term) and should be used sparingly

Short-term Side Effects
  • Increased thirst and urination
  • Increased hunger
  • Panting (especially dogs)
  • Increased susceptibility to infections (especially bacterial skin infections)
  Long-Term Side Effects
  • Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) – may not have typical symptoms (because of the anti-inflammatory effect of the steroids) Periodic urine analyses is important.
  • Changes to skin and coat 
  • Poor wound healing ability and increase susceptibility to bacterial and fungal infections
  • Weight gain (because of increased hunger and fluid retention)
  • Muscle weakness
  • Predisposition to diabetes
  • Possible development of Cushing's Disease
Natural Alternatives to Steroids for Pets
What’s a pet owner to do?  The key to reducing steroid usage is reducing the need for them.

1.) Avoid foods that promote inflammation and weaken immunity. Avoiding chemicals, starchy carbohydrates (found in dry food) and food allergens such as beef, poultry and fish (in cats) can help reduce inflammation and lessen the need for steroids.

2.) Use holistic supplements to support your pet's immunity and reduce inflammation:

Supplements That Reduce Inflammation:
Amazing Omegas- A research-backed, powerful source of omega-3 nutrients (essential fatty acids) that can help reduce joint inflammation, which can be causing pain for your pet. Absolutely the best fish oil available.  

Immune Harmony -Contains a unique patented sterol formula for immune support, a powerful antioxidant formula which protects the body from free radical damage and an essential fatty acid complex to help with bioavailability of the nutrients. Rebalances the immune system and can be used with prednisone and/or antibiotics.  First line of defense for pets with autoimmune conditions.

Power Probiotic - The best probiotic for pets!  Backed by scientific research, this powerful multi-strain formula promotes the growth of friendly bacteria which helps replenish a healthy intestinal ecosystem. Pets that have taken steroids or antibiotics have a weakened immunity due to the medications depleting the "friendly bacteria" needed for a strong immune system.

NotaSAN Drops and Capsules – Natural homeopathic formula that controls inflammation and infection.  Gentle, easy to administer and safe for long-term use. 

Curcumin Complex For Pets-contains three bioactive curcumonoids found in turmeric. It is scientifically proven to be a powerful antioxidant and a natural anti-inflammatory for pets. Helps to relieve pain and improves flexibility and mobility

CW Paws Hemp Oil can reduce inflammation and pain, improving mobility.  Studies have shown the effectiveness of cannabanoids in reducing pain and inflammation and the strength of this formula is a great fit for medium to large size dogs. 

3.) Reduce stress for your pet by maintaining a feeding schedule (Avoid huge blood sugar swings by feeding twice a day and giving your pet a mid-day snack) Spend quality time with your pet and give them regular exercise.