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Corticosteroids (topical)

Severity scale:
Caution
This toxin is considered to be a moderate risk. However, your pet's medical history, age, weight, and breed could put him/her at higher risk. It is advised that you contact whiskerDocs or your primary veterinarian for further guidance about any steps you may need to take to ensure your pet's safety. If you choose to, you may monitor your pet closely, but the onset or worsening of any of the below symptoms warrants a trip to the emergency room.

Topical corticosteroids, or steroids like cortisone or hydrocortisone, are used for many different inflammatory conditions like allergies, eczema and psoriasis in humans. You might even put some on a nasty bug bite! They are also used in veterinary medicine commonly for inflammation for many things, such as symptoms associated with ear and skin infections, for example. While topical steroids are generally regarded as safe, anytime your pet ingests a topical medication there is a possibility of a reaction.  Most common side effects of ingesting a topical steroids are the same as ingesting oral steroids, such as increased drinking and urination, increased appetite, and even stomach upset like vomiting and diarrhea. However, large amounts (measured by the dose compared to the size of your pet) could lead to more serious side effects or more extreme side effects, such as black tarry stools.

Other names: 
Cortaid, Penecort, Procort, Scalpicin, hydrocortisone, prednisone, prednisolone, steroids, steroid cream
Toxic to: 
Dogs and Cats
Symptoms: 
Vomiting, bloody vomit, black-tarry stool, diarrhea (possibly with or without blood), lack of appetite, abdominal pain, increased thirst, urination, excessive panting.
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