Treatment Name: Decadron etc. (dexamethasone)

Treatment Type: Medications

Rated for: Labrador Retriever

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Easy to use
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A judgement call

Jennifer Peters DVM DABVP canine and feline



Grass Valley, California, United States

Posted Aug. 7, 2018

Using steroids during an infection depends on the condition of the pet. Having a 'recipe' approach to medicine where all pets are treated the same will fail more often than not. Every patient is an individual and every patient's disease progresses in a unique way. The key to medicine is understanding the drugs and their potential interactions in the body but not being a robot about how they are used.
For some patients the inflammation in the lungs is the biggest problem and steroids could save their life. It goes back to why/how they aspirated in the first place. If the vomiting is due to Addison's disease for example they will continue to get worse it they don't get steroids.
Every patient is an individual, and every treatment should be tailor made for greatest success. Be wary of any doctor who uses treatments just because 'that's the way it's done'. We need to understand the how and the why of every drug we use if we are going to use them correctly. Don't be afraid to ask you doctor about the treatments.

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