Prednisolone (Rx)

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  • Cats
  • Dogs
  • Allergy
Prednisolone (Rx)
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Medication information

What is prednisolone?

Prednisolone is a prescription corticosteroid (steroid) medication used to treat several conditions in cats and dogs, including allergies, inflammation, autoimmune conditions, Addison’s disease, hot spots, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, and some cancers. It reduces inflammation in conditions involving the immune system. For pets with allergies, it’s often used for short periods of time at low doses to decrease itching and reduce inflammation until other medications that provide long-term relief start to take effect. 

What does prednisolone treat?

Some conditions that prednisolone treats include:

  • Allergies
  • Skin conditions, including itching and hot spots
  • Hives
  • Autoimmune conditions
  • Asthma
  • Addison’s disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Some cancers
  • Other inflammatory conditions

How is prednisolone given?

Give prednisolone tablets orally exactly as directed by your veterinarian.

Who is prednisolone for?

Cats and dogs

What are the active ingredients of prednisolone?

The active ingredient is prednisolone.

What are the possible side effects of prednisolone?

Potential side effects vary and some pets may be more sensitive than others. Often side effects are more frequent at the higher doses and include increase in thirst, urination, and hunger. Less common reactions include panting and changes in behavior, which include agitation and aggression. Prolonged treatment is associated with dry poor coat quality, hair loss, thin skin, weight gain, muscle weakness, pot belly appearance, and increased risk for the development of secondary urinary tract and skin infections and diabetes mellitus. 

If any unwanted side effects or changes in behavior or health are detected, this medication should be discontinued and our veterinarians should be notified.

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