Steroids are a class of medications that are used to treat inflammation, allergic reactions and pain in pets. Synthetic steroids, such as prednisone, dexamethasone, prednisolone, and triamcinolone are already widely used in veterinarian practices. Synthetic steroids have a long list of side effects and may be dangerous to use for a prolonged period of time.
Dr. Al Plechner devised another treatment approach. He used hydrocortisone, a steroid hormone bioidentical to the cortisol produced in the body, to supplement the pets' cortisol levels. His book,
"Endocrine-Immune Mechanisms in Animals and Human Health Implications," describes this series of events that may lead to many chronic illness symptoms and shortened lives: