Anabolic steroids increase the production of red blood cells, which increases the amount of circulating oxygen and promotes tissue growth. Testosterone, made by the testes, is a naturally-occurring anabolic steroid. Synthetic anabolic steroids are similar to testosterone, but they don’t have as many masculinizing effects. Anabolic steroids are used to treat chronic, non-regenerative anemia in pets. They also are used to increase muscle mass, improve body weight and condition in older dogs and restore weight and body condition in animals after surgery or debilitating disease.
As castration has received criticism in recent years, due to welfare reasons, some producers and producer associations are seeking alternative methods to control boar taint.  Some producers are breeding out the taint and avoiding the few breeds of pigs that are high in taint. Yorkshire, Hampshire and other lighter colored pigs are known to be particularly low in the androstenone based taint while Duroc pigs are high in the taint. [ citation needed ] When pigs are raised on pasture in a rotational grazing system, similar to cattle, goats and sheep, the skatole based taint does not occur because the pigs are on fresh ground and not inhaling and eating their own feces.  , unfortunately this pasture grazing practice is not conducive to commercial pig production.
Effects of steroid withdrawal are known to emulate and kick start many other medical complications as well. Weakness, loss of appetite, fatigue, nausea, weight loss, vomiting, diarrhea (further resulting in liquid and electrolyte complications), as well as abdominal pain are some of the most common effects that steroid withdrawal is often associated with. Constant decrease in blood pressure which simultaneously causes a person to faint or causes fits and dizziness are other complications the steroid use can cause.
Blood sugar levels are known to have dropped in many people who consume steroids. In women, menstrual changes have been reported widely. Muscle and joint pains, fever, changes in mentality, as well as elevation in calcium levels have been reported in some cases. Gastrointestinal contractions decrease dramatically which may ultimately lead to the swelling of the intestine .