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Side Effects from Depo-Medrol Injection

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So Im new to this whole 'kitty forum'...please bare with me.  I took my cat (Pawsha) into the vet yesturday for a checkup and shot. She has small itchy sites with tiny scabs around her neck...same as last year this time. I took her in then and they gave her a 'steroid' shot...for allergies. The doc told me that if its 'fleas' the itchy sites are at the base of the tail and legs...if its some type of allergy its generalized around the neck/head area...BINGO! Last year...everything went fine...Pawsha was playful...watched birds from the window and ran around like she owns the house...lol...WHICH SHE DOES.  This year...I guess because of all the 'recalls' in pet meds this year Ive paid a little more attention to my Pawsha. Yes...the shot was just given yesturday...but all night she slept RIGHT NEXT TO ME...literally. Shes interested in the outside life...just not as much this morning. Her 'potty' trips...normal...breathing...normal...so far so good. I got caught up in reading 'online stories' about this injection and basically scared the crap outta myself. I guess its just like with humans...what may work for some doesnt always work for others.  The vet told me that since it was this time last year this occured as well...its most likely allergies and it can be controlled...such as with the injection. She also said that this shot should wear off in 2-4 weeks...so my Pawsha will be back to normal. It was a little scarey reading all those horrible posts...and helpful at the same time. I think what I learned today is to ALWAYS do your research before giving your pet any type of medication...be it from yourself or a vet.  I LUV MY KITTY!    ~^,,^~   cloud9.gif

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I have moved this to t his health forum as I think it is more appropriate here. But I wanted to say that it is easy to scare yourself by reading too much online, though I agree that I always want to know what and why cwertain meds are being given and what the side effects might be. Most cats respond well to steroid shots or tablets for certain conditions, including allergies, but vets will usually only give a short course, as the side effeects (if any) normally show after more prolonged use. For a cat to be a bit lethargic and'clingy' after a shot is very normal, and I hope Pawsha gets back to normal very quickly. Keep us posted and please do introduce yourself properly to us all in t he 'New Cats on the Block' forum. Welcome to TCS.
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I never realized they used depo for animals.I guess it makes sense.As an asthmatic,I am very used to depo shots...this time of year I need one about once a month.For myself,I have never noticed any side effects...no jitters...nothing.I'm sure he used the appropriate dosage and your baby will be fine.Those allergies can make them miserable !Hope she finds relief soon!

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Shortly after Cindy came to live with us, she was licking the fur off the back of her legs.  We took her to a vet, who gave her a steroid shot (without first asking us if we wanted her to have one). I don't remember her having serious adverse reactions, but it raised a lump that just wasn't going away.  We took her to another vet (the one we are still with), and were about to have it removed and biopsied (I was terrified).  However, she gave us some antibiotics because of the same thing, scaly itchy patches.  Once Cindy started taking the antibiotic, the lump went down as well. I will never ever get her or any other cat a steroid shot again.

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 I will never ever get her or any other cat a steroid shot again.

 

Never say never.  In the right place steroid shots can be life saving, and/or life enhancing.  My cat I lost last December was on them for the last 4-5 months of his life, and they got him to eat more and reduced joint pain I think he was having.  He had terminal liver tumours, on both lobes so an op was out of the question.  He amazed both me and the vets with how long he clung on with a good quality of life.  He had two different kinds, one had to go into his muscle but we switched to a subcutaneous one.

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Originally Posted by Misty8723 View Post

Shortly after Cindy came to live with us, she was licking the fur off the back of her legs.  We took her to a vet, who gave her a steroid shot (without first asking us if we wanted her to have one). I don't remember her having serious adverse reactions, but it raised a lump that just wasn't going away.  We took her to another vet (the one we are still with), and were about to have it removed and biopsied (I was terrified).  However, she gave us some antibiotics because of the same thing, scaly itchy patches.  Once Cindy started taking the antibiotic, the lump went down as well. I will never ever get her or any other cat a steroid shot again.

Sounds like the problem was an infection at the injection site, not the steroids. dontknow.gif Our Tuxedo would be dead if it weren't for depomedrol. He had feline hemolytic anemia. Prednisolone stopped working, and Depo had a different enough mechanism of action that it was literally a last ditch effort to get his body to stop destroying his own red blood cells (after a two-year fight and blood transfusion). Thankfully it worked. He needed to receive depo shots for the next five years (though longer and longer apart), and now seems to be stable without depo. Knock wood. ...at least for now. I certainly hope one of your kitties never develops FHA.

Pawsha, how's your kitty? Having allergies and asthma, I know the miracle of steroids. laughing02.gif
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Never say never.  In the right place steroid shots can be life saving, and/or life enhancing.  My cat I lost last December was on them for the last 4-5 months of his life, and they got him to eat more and reduced joint pain I think he was having.  He had terminal liver tumours, on both lobes so an op was out of the question.  He amazed both me and the vets with how long he clung on with a good quality of life.  He had two different kinds, one had to go into his muscle but we switched to a subcutaneous one.

 I'm so sorry about your baby, and in that situation of course I wouldn't say no to steroids or anything else that would help with quality of life. 

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Sounds like the problem was an infection at the injection site, not the steroids. dontknow.gif  
It could have been, but that doesn't make me feel any better about it. And at the time, I was a new cat mama and was so upset with myself for letting the vet just give her the shot and not knowing what the side effects could be.  And the lump was there for so long it scared the heck out of me, I was just a basket case.  So, while never is a strong word, and nobody can predict the future, it would have to be some pretty serious stuff for me to allow a vet to give her another one of those shots.
post #9 of 9

just went thru the same thing with my 20 pound domestic cat (but he thinks he is a russian blue) his skin condition has been present since the day i adopted him 4 years ago but had gotten out of hand early this summer...so vet gave him a depo-medrol shot a month ago, the things i knew to look for include increased appetite and water intake. check and check...first week a little standoffish but while he kept his distance, he also decided all 20 pounds should be a lap cat and when he climbs into my lap he wants to be groomed because the brushing relieves the itching he still must feel...another thing i have noticed is since the shot, less hair loss when brushing-he is no longer standoffish, most of his behavior has returned to "normal" except now he had dug at this hind legs right at the joint that generally would be on the floor if he were to lay on his stomach, no sure if this is related to the shot or not but need to address this with the vet. while i can handle him, i can't handle him to clean the wounds, dress the wounds etc, so hopefully we can keep infections away and my bank balance up and in my hands and not in the vets.  i read all the reviews and "horror stories" but in discussions with my vet, we explored the options and with his skin issue, he deserves a better quality of life and hopefully this will help....and for those considering or doing the research, talk first and foremost to your vet-ask the questions, just like with people medicine, all things don't work the same way nor are reactions all the same....if your pet has a condition that depo-medrol may help, then weigh the options.  if you have ever had any kind of surgery, you ran a risk...as does any animal

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