When my Chihuahua underwent drug therapy for his anxiety, he developed signs of liver dysfunction after just 45 days on the medication. Trazodone is gentler than the behavior modification drugs used back then, but it is still common for dogs that have been on it for more than six months to develop liver abnormalities.
Steroids don’t treat the condition but only attempt to manage the symptoms on the surface. The side effects of corticosteroid treatment are often worse than the original symptoms, including wounds that don’t heal, skin infections, diabetes, and many others. This article explores a realistic picture of short & long-term steroid use in dogs, sharing the dark side of its side effects that too many dog owners aren’t warned about.
One of the biggest mistakes people make when dog leash training is yanking back on the leash. This doesn't teach your dog anything except that a tight leash is a fact of life, and they should ignore it. What we really want is for your dog to pay attention to a tight leash and realize they have the power to loosen it.
Kennel cough is most common in places where dogs are housed in high numbers. This includes boarding kennels, daycares, groomers, and shelters. Not only are these places crowded, but they tend to be warm and moist, the perfect conditions for harboring pathogens. And, more importantly, the dogs in these places tend to be stressed, which weakens their immune system.
Messing with the gut is messing with canine health. The most concerning side effects from antibiotics include chronic diarrhea, weakened immune system, higher risk for developing allergies, lowered levels of serotonin (leading to neurological side effects), increased chance of obesity, impaired functioning of kidneys and the liver, heart arrhythmias, and lung disease.
Cytopoint injection is marketed as not being a canine immune system suppression drug like Apoquel and other popular atopic dermatitis drugs. While it is true that it is not a blanket immunosuppressive, it does very much suppress a part of the immune system. And, given how many jobs this part has, suppressing it is very likely to cause system-wide problems.