Corticosteroids can be life saving. That was the case with me and severe asthma. Steroids are anti-inflammatory; they decrease pain, swelling, and relieve itching. The problem is that what should have been a very short term treatment turned into 14 years, until I was introduced to Transfer Factor which I have often written about on this blog. When treating our dogs, horses, cats, and ourselves, it is imperative to be informed.
The negative side effects of corticosteroids are the reason they should be used as briefly, and in as low doses as possible. They decrease the ability of wounds to heal. They increase the chance of infection.They can contribute to destruction of joints by decreasing collagen. They suppress the immune system. They increase appetite and thirst. In cats, an increase in diabetes has been seen. Steroid use can also upset laboratory tests, causing misdiagnosis of other problems.
A holistic approach to replacing toxic steroids will include nutrition, omega fatty acids, antioxidants, Vitamins such as C, A, E, glucosamine, MSM, yucca, bromelain,and so many more. These approaches are safe and non-toxic. You will save money on drugs and vet bills.