Cat struggling to walk, may have nerve issues

Lulu

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Hello,
I have a 10 year old cat named Lily and he has been struggling to walk for almost a year. I’ve gone to couple vets to find the answer and the closest was that he may have a nerve issue most likely in the spine. A couple weeks ago he stopped eating and drinking. His hind legs are facing outwards and he can’t run or jump. I put him on steroid medication from the vet and he started getting better. I’m currently towards the end of the steroid meds and my vet said after the 14th day I can stop giving him steroids but I was wary of that since usually there’s a tapering process. I would like to know if anybody knows if it’s okay to stop steroid medication after a couple weeks and if not how does the tapering process go. My vet did say it’s okay to stop but I’m not sure. Lily gets a 5mg dosage every 24 hours right now. I am considering seeing a specialist although I’m not sure how much they could do with nerve issues. I was recommended Assisi Loop from a friend, which is a device that you can use at home to reduce pain/inflammation for cats, but I wanted to see if anybody here knows or has used it and if it works.
 

Alpha1

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Hello and welcome. I'm sorry to hear about your Lily. I'm not a doctor, and the only steroid I've used is Prednisone. I thought it had to be tapered off also, but it seems that if it is a low dose for the animal and has only been used for a short time, it might be okay to stop it abruptly.

If he were my cat, I would definitely have a talk with the doctor about my concerns, make sure a sudden stop is safe for Lily. Ask about his dose and length of treatment and question your vet to be sure. If you don't get a reasonable answer and explanation, perhaps you can get an opinion from a different vet just for peace of mind. Good luck, I wish the best for you and your kitty.

(from WedgewoodpetRx)
Do not stop giving your pet prednisone or prednisolone abruptly; particularly if it has been receiving high doses or has been on the drug for a long period of time.

This can cause serious, even life-threatening consequences. The dose must be tapered. Your veterinarian will advise you on how to slowly stop the medication.
 

linda2147

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take him to a vet teaching school or teaching hospital. If anyone can help him they can. They won't stop looking until they find the cause and hopefully a solution to his problem. They are no more expensive than your regular vet and sometimes even cheaper. This is the place to take him, good luck
 

Lulu

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The vet did say that 5 mg per day for 2 weeks is low enough to stop the steroids abruptly but I wasn’t sure of it and I wanted to know if anybody has ever stopped steroids abruptly. I know low dosage for short period of time is okay to stop but I’m wary of it.
 

linda2147

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you need to find the problem before you can fix it, loading him up with anti biotics and steroids will help with the symptoms but its not a cure. You have to find the cause before you can fix it
 

Lulu

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I need to get him off the steroids before letting a specialist examine him. I’m going to call the vet again about the tapering process and see if I can get a referral from her. Where I live there aren’t many good vets and a specialist is about the best I can go to. Most vets in my area aren’t really that great anyway. I have to decide on the choices that I have.
 

CatMom1994

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I need to get him off the steroids before letting a specialist examine him. I’m going to call the vet again about the tapering process and see if I can get a referral from her. Where I live there aren’t many good vets and a specialist is about the best I can go to. Most vets in my area aren’t really that great anyway. I have to decide on the choices that I have.
Why do you have to stop the steroids before getting a second opinion? That makes no sense. Seeing another vet is all about choosing the medication for Lily, right?

A specialist is what Lily needs right now, actually. If the regular vet can't diagnose Lily's problem, her clinic may not have the right equipment to make that possible. Veterinary colleges have everything.
 


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