Cortisone shots are commonly administered to pets by veterinarians, most often for allergy problems, arthritis, and other inflammatory conditions. While this often will calm down the inflammation that was causing the initial health problem, it is common for the problem to resume after the cortisone shot wears off. Unfortunately, our readers have reported many serious complications and side effects from the administration of cortisone shots. Even worse, many pet owners have traced the death of their beloved pet to a cortisone shot.
Common Side Effects of Cortisone Shots in Dogs and Cats
Some of the side effects our readers have shared with us include loss of appetite, muscle weakness, depression, lethargy, kidney problems, panting, excessive thirst, skin problems, excessive urination, and seizures. More serious chronic side effects include diabetes and Cushing’s disease.
What Can I Do for Side Effects from Cortisone Shots?
Activated Charcoal Powder can be given to pets to help remove the toxins from the shot. Charcoal powder can be mixed in food. It can also be mixed with water and given by syringe. Use 1/8 teaspoon daily for small dogs, 1/4 teaspoon for medium dogs, 1/2 teaspoon for large dogs and 1 teaspoon for extra large dogs. Charcoal can be given daily to remove toxins from the body.
What Alternatives are there for Cortisone Shots for My Pet?
The good news is that there are natural alternatives to cortisone shots for many health conditions for pets. Apple cider vinegar is a popular natural remedy for arthritis and allergies in pets, two common reasons cortisone shots are given in the first place. Turmeric is a wonderful anti-inflammatory herb that is easy to give to pets. Coconut Oil is useful for skin conditions and for arthritis, among other pet health problems. Activated charcoal is another potent remedy that can help with side effects.
Apple cider vinegar, coconut oil and turmeric are much less likely to cause side effects in pets, and even if one of these natural remedies does not agree with your pet, any side effect from them are usually mild and short lived compared to the dangerous side effects of cortisone shots.
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