As one part of Connery Beagle’s Overcoming Very Bad Luck Journey through this life, he was given steroids through his adolescence. This wasn’t particularly good for his developing tendons and ligaments.
We shifted him to Atopica as soon as it became an option, and then he was getting prednisone on the side as necessary. But when he was 3 ½, after the final attack by yet another dog four times his size and amidst various other trauma, he went into a cortisol crisis with many ramifications and was declared off-limits to steroids.
Fast forward to another big part of the journey when he was seven. Skipping the details (because there are so many of them), he ended up on a doggy inhaler. These steroid drugs were not supposed to be systemic, so were thought to be okay.