I have been back in touch with the holistic vet, whom I like, but feel so desperate about this situation that I am casting the net broadly, looking for ideas on how to help my Lucy get over this terrible scratching. One thing that I wonder about is whether she may have a weak immune system because she was born by cesarian section. I know from the breeder that her milk was supplemented with goat milk when she was less than 8 weeks old. I don’t know how much mother’s milk she got, given that she was part of a litter of 11, and her dame may not have been able to feed the pups post surgery. I know that human babies can suffer longterm consequences regarding gut flora and general immunity when they are born by cesarean and not breast fed. Might dogs not have similar issues?
Anabolic steroids were first developed in then1930’s and in the years since have been used and abused by both men and women in an attempt to be stronger, faster and more muscular. Scientists have been aware of many of the side effects from short term use of anabolic steroids but now have been able to also define the effects of long term steroid use. As the population of steroid users ages and develop health issues the medical field is learning more and more about the long term effects of steroid use. Most people don’t think about the long term consequences when they are trying to make a choice but these side effects need to be seriously considered.
The first one I want to mention is probably the deadliest of all and that is HIV. I know, I can just hear you “never happen to me” but when you combine IV drug use, as many of the steroids used are injected with a needle, needle sharing , and the increased sex drive and libido you’ve got a potentially dangerous situation. Teens and young adults that have not yet developed good decision making skills and are highly susceptible to peer pressure are particularly at risk. HIV and AIDS related deaths have been increasing and those that either have that “that happens to other people” attitude or don’t even consider the possibility are the ones most at risk for developing HIV.
Liver failure is another potentially fatal complication. The liver is one of those vital organs that we can’t live without and there are no machines available to do it’s function like dialysis for kidney’s. The only treatment for liver failure is a transplant and people with a history of steroid use rarely make good candidates. People that use steroids over a long period of time develop small blood filled cysts in their liver and though they can fade away after steroid use is stopped they create tumors that do not fade away and sit there quietly in your liver until suddenly one day they burst and you are suddenly hemorrhaging.
I used creatine 8 or so years ago, had great gains, ( it was the exact same product then & dont tell me its gotten better becasue its effervescent or some .) But I also had a frequent & uncomfortable need to urinate that was NOT just from consuming extra liquid, but from my kidneys being put on overload & doing damage to them with this stuff. I drank plenty of water, took a little less than the recommended dose & was having the urination problem for years after the use of creatine… I also was very short tempered with my family & young kids at the time I took it as it altered my mood.
I also have a friend who underwent a kidney transplant, that if he didnt get, he would have died . the reason for his kidney failure was creatine & he would tell you to stay far away from it as it almost costed him his life. This stuff is absolutely no good-