I started Poppy on the Western med protocol yesterday, despite my reservations. I could not get an appointment with a good holistic vet until next week, and that vet suggested I put her on the steroids for the time being just to give her some relief. She's been on them since yesterday and thankfully her mood and mobility has noticeably improved. I'm still concerned about the side effects, but so far so good, and the holistic vet should be able to give some alternatives or healthy supplementation. It makes me so happy to see her wag her tail again after this month long struggle.