Corticosteroids: Lifesaver or Killer?
There are almost as many opinions among veterinarians concerning the use of corticosteroids as there are veterinarians. Some feel that these drugs prednisone, prednisolone, methylprednisolone, and dexamethasone foremost among them are invaluable to every dog who itches; some feel that corticosteroids ought to be used only as a last resort, and only for short periods and in small amounts. Still others regard them as verboten. Why are these drugs so controversial?