Dogs on a glucocorticoid treatment program often have an increase in thirst and appetite. This side effect is usually followed by an increase in urination (and possible incontinence), stomach upset and weight gain. Steroids can also affect the dog's mood, making it irritable. Dogs also may become lethargic and begin panting incessantly. Steroids can also bring back a latent infection or tip pre-diabetic dogs into a diabetic state. Usually, diabetic symptoms and the other side effects diminish or resolve themselves once the steroid wears off.
Fortunately, recording and accessing information is easier than ever before because it can be transferred digitally. If your dog is ever diagnosed with any kind of allergies, skin conditions, or other types of diseases, ask your veterinarian to review all possible treatment options. There may be one that is favored, but dive into all aspects of your pet’s wellness to promote the health of your pet throughout his lifetime. It’s normal to have questions about new medications, including steroid therapy. Get the information you need to feel good about the treatment your dog is receiving.
Another side effect that is occasionally seen in dogs taking steroids for various health concerns is changes in behavior. It's not uncommon to see your pet become suddenly more aggressive or anxious after giving him steroids. Dogs that were otherwise very mild mannered and well behaved may begin to run around or bark. In more extreme cases, you may need to be careful about the possibility of your dog biting or harming someone. Mood changes can also make your pet more sedate and depressed as well, so it's important to also be on the lookout for other types of adjustments in behavior.