I cannot tell you how happy your post, below, makes me. Much of what is in the
Drs. Fosters & Smith website, sounds like it was taken from my hundreds of
posts, verbatim. I feel a little vindicated, because most of this stuff I
worked out on my own by observation, lab testing, researching etc. My
hypotheses were just that. Seeing this stuff posted, and looking like it came
from an interview with me, helps me to stop wondering at times if I am just
plain crazy, since no one else seemed to know or understand this stuff –
especially the vets.
I didn’t know of the second anabolic steroid – nandrolone. I have no idea if it
is as good as the Winstrol, but it would be nice if there were additional
options rather than just Winstrol.
A couple of things though. Dogs have had good responses to Winstrol as well,
but they suffer far more from the side-effects than cats do. Also, Winstrol has
very little of the androgenic side-effects, like virilisation – even in human
athletes. Winstrol is considered pretty safe in that regard.
As I am mentioned as recently as my post today though, Winstrol is very good
for a whole lot of conditions. It’s ability to regenerate bone marrow and get
red cell, white cell and platelet production increased, is what makes it very
helpful in treating FeLV cats. But it has applications in many, many conditions
where cats (and dogs, and sheep and horses – studies show), are run-down, ill,
ailing, not eating, wasting away, etc.
Boy, does it feel good to know that I am not alone, crying in the wilderness
about this stuff!
From: Felvtalk [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Sandy
Sent: November-02-17 5:09 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Stargate?
The Androgen Group-Anabolic Steroids
Veterinary & Aquatic Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith
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These compounds are related to the male hormone testosterone. They are referred
to as the anabolic steroids because they cause the formation of new proteins.
As we stated before, they are often abused by athletes trying to increase
strength and muscle mass. Their use in canine medicine, while infrequent, is
related to these and similar properties.
Anabolic steroids come in liquid forms for injection and tablets for oral
administration. Two of the most commonly used in canine medicine are stanozolol
(Winstrol-V) and nandrolone (DecaDurabolin).
Animals that have been sick for a long time or who have been through severe,
debilitating injuries often have generalized weakness and atrophied muscles. In
some, this has progressed to the point where the animals can no longer walk or
even stand. Their bodies are just too run down, and without some outside
stimulation, they simply may give up the will to live.
Anabolic steroids are sometimes useful in these situations. The therapy may
take several weeks. The medications can be most helpful if the veterinarian
recognizes the condition before too much strength is lost. Anabolic steroids
assist the body in regaining its muscle mass by building new proteins, which
are the primary constituent of muscle fibers. Additionally, they help
strengthen existing muscles.
In some of these same cases, anabolic steroids are frequently used to stimulate
the debilitated or recovering patient's appetite. To achieve this effect
usually requires several days to several weeks of therapy for significant
The anabolic steroids are also useful in treating certain types of anemia.
Anemia is the term used to describe lower than normal numbers of red blood
cells (RBCs). In certain cases where the bone marrow has stopped producing new
RBCs, administration of anabolic steroids will stimulate this system and bring
the number of these cells back to normal levels. They also are known to
stimulate the production of white blood cells and platelets (tiny cells in
blood that assist in clotting) to a lesser degree. In these situations, the
anabolic steroids are useful only in increasing the numbers of these cells.
They do not increase the ability of the cells to function.
Kidney failure often brings on anemia because these organs may fail to produce
the substance erythropoietin. Its normal function is to monitor the level of
RBCs in the body and to stimulate the bone marrow to increase production when
RBC numbers are too low. In its absence, anabolic steroids are often useful in
reversing the effects of this anemia. They do not cause new erythropoietin to
be produced; they only replace its function.
In many situations, the anabolic steroids fail to provide the benefits
described here. Regardless of which particular product is used, it is often
impossible to reverse the condition present. These are not miracle drugs that
can save every debilitated or severely ill patient, but in some they can help.
As stated, these medications are closely related to testosterone and many of
the problems associated with their usage are brought on by the normal actions
of the male hormones. They can cause cessation of heat cycles and imitation
mounting behavior in females. In males, they have been found to increase the
incidence of prostate disease and certain hernias and tumors that are caused by
normal testosterone levels in older male dogs. Normal sperm production is often
disrupted, with few new cells being formed. None of these problems are
considered significant in these cases, as many of the patients are already in a
life or death situation.
Anabolic steroids also cause water retention and this can cause additional
complications in kidney or heart failure patients. These products also increase
the absorption of calcium by the intestinal tract and cause the kidneys to
retain calcium during normal urine production. Both of these actions lead to
excessively high calcium levels in the blood which can be disastrous to normal
heart function. This can be quickly fatal in those with already failing hearts.
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