|cortisone injection for kitty.
||[Feb. 9th, 2006|04:11 pm]
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I know some of you are very knowledgable on animal-related stuff, so I figured I'd ask here....|
For the past week, my cat has been having trouble walking normally. His back legs are completely unstable and he just stumbles and wobbles, he can't really make it more than a few feet without stumbling. It doesn't stop him from walking and he doesn't seem to get frustrated with his legs, he just keeps walking like he expects them to keep up.
We took him to the vet yesterday morning and his x-rays and bloodwork all came back normal so they don't really know what is wrong with him. The vet wants to give him a cortisone injection to see if that helps his legs at all. I was trying to ask questions at the time but knowing NOTHING about it, I didn't know what to ask other than "what does it do" "what are the side effects" and "what if it doesn't work?"
Well, after googling it, I have a few more directed questions but I don't want to call the vet back and bother them just with questions so hopefully somebody here can answer.
1. So cortisone is basically a steroid, right? I kind of don't understand how if they don't know what is *wrong* with his legs, how they can assume cortisone will help it? I just don't understand why he is getting a steroid shot. I don't mean that in the way that I am opposed to it, I'm just confused by it.
2. This website I'm reading said that one of the benefits to cortisone is that it lasts for "days instead of minutes." But if it lasts for only days, then will he need to get cortisone injections every few days...?
3. It also says that cortisone is typically used as an anti-inflammatory. But his legs are not inflamed they are just weakened or something. I'm just confused...
I know this is long but I hope I get a response....