How long will it take till Dexafor will start to work on my cat

Dexafort How long after being given an injection of Dexafort for IBS will it take to work in my cat. I was told it would also help her appetite but, as yet, no difference?

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    By: Kara McCarty El Segundo, CA

    Replied on 04/19/2011

    Dexafort is a combination of long and quick acting Dexamethasone. Dexamethasone is a potent steroid with 10 to 20 times the anti-inflammatory properties of prednisolone. It should become maximally effective within 48 hours and the effects should last for 7 to 10 days. Most of the time animals given steroids get very hungry and very thirsty. Occasionally steroids can be irritating to the gastrointestinal tract but that is less likely with an injection, which is likely why your veterinarian chose to give an injection. If your cat hasn't responded in 72 hours I would have her rechecked and bloodwork drawn to look for other reasons for her loss of appetite. If all looks well discuss other appetite stimulants like cyproheptadine with your veterinarian as it is important for cats to eat.

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