3.1.6 The stage of the athletic season
The training programme of an animal may have an important bearing on advice and treatment. For example, an animal with atrial premature complexes may be treated with steroids or given a prolonged period of rest. If the problem occurs towards the end of the season, it may be preferable to adopt a conservative approach because there is insufficient time for treatment to be effective and for training to resume. In other instances, there will be pressure to get an animal back in training in preparation for a specific event, and steroid treatment may have to be considered (see section 7.8.3).