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What is Prednisone?

Prednisone is a corticosteroid used to treat various inflammatory and allergy conditions as well as other diseases. Prednisone is sold per tablet and requires a prescription from your veterinarian.

For:

Cats and Dogs

Benefits:

  • Treats a wide range of inflammatory and autoimmune conditions
  • Relieves itchy skin and swelling caused by allergies
  • Reduces redness, itching, and allergic reactions affecting the eyes
  • Sold per tablet

How does Prednisone work?

Prednisone is a corticosteroid, which suppresses the inflammatory response to a variety of agents. Prednisone can also be used as an immunosuppressive drug for organ transplants and in cases of adrenal insufficiency (Addison's disease).

Cautions:

Without first talking to your veterinarian, don't give your pet any over-the-counter or other prescription medications while giving Prednisone. There are possible side effects, including insomnia, nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, and fatigue. Tell your veterinarian if your pet has kidney or liver disease, heart disease, stomach ulcers, hypothyroidism, diabetes mellitus, or any other medical conditions. Keep this medication away from children and pets.

Brand Name:

Deltasone (Pharmacia), Sterapred (Merz)

Generic Name:

Prednisone (pred'-ni-zone)

What is the most important thing I should know about Prednisone:

Prednisone is a prescription medication that is used in dogs and cats. Prednisone is available as 1 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg, and 50 mg scored tablets. The usual dose for dogs and cats is determined based on the condition being treated and the pet's response to treatment. Prednisone should not be stopped suddenly. There should be a gradual reduction in dosage before stopping. Prednisone should be taken with food to lessen stomach upset.

What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving Prednisone to my pet?

Do not give Prednisone to your pet if the pet has a serious bacterial, viral or fungal infection. Prednisone weakens the pet's immune response and its ability to fight infections. Tell your veterinarian if your pet has kidney or liver disease, heart disease, stomach ulcers, hypothyroidism, diabetes mellitus or any other medical conditions. Also tell your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant or lactating.

How should Prednisone be given?

Give this medication exactly as directed by your veterinarian. Do not give more or less than is prescribed by the veterinarian. If you do not understand the directions, ask your pharmacist or veterinarian to explain them to you. Keep plenty of water available for your pet. Prednisone should be given with food.

What are the potential side effects of Prednisone?

If any of the following serious side effects occur, stop giving Prednisone and seek emergency veterinary medical attention; an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; swelling of the lips, tongue or face; hives), increased blood pressure or sudden weight gain. Other less serious side effects may occur. Continue giving Prednisone and talk to your veterinarian if your pet experiences insomnia, nausea, vomiting or stomach upset, fatigue, muscle weakness or joint pain, problems with diabetes control or increased hunger or thirst. Other side effects that occur rarely, usually with high doses of Prednisone include thinning of the skin, cataracts, glaucoma, behavior changes. Other side effects may also occur. Talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or bothersome to your pet.

What happens if I miss giving a dose of Prednisone?

If you give one dose daily, give the missed dose as soon as remembered. However, if you don't remember until the next day, skip the missed dose and give only the regular daily dose. If you give more than one dose daily, either give the missed dose as soon as remembered, or give two doses the next dose time. If you give one dose every other day, give the missed dose as soon as remembered, then go back to the regular every other day schedule.

What happens if I overdose my pet on Prednisone?

Seek emergency veterinary medical treatment if an overdose is suspected.

What should I avoid while giving Prednisone to my pet?

Avoid sources of infection. Do not use any vaccines without checking with the veterinarian.

What other drugs will affect Prednisone?

Do not give any other over-the-counter or prescription medications, including herbal products, during treatment with Prednisone without first talking to your veterinarian. Many other medications can interact with Prednisone resulting in side effects or altered effectiveness.

How to Use

Prednisone Directions:

  • Prednisone is a prescription corticosteroid used in dogs and cats to treat various conditions such as Addison's disease, inflammation from arthritis, allergies, and certain autoimmune diseases.
  • Give prednisone exactly as directed by your veterinarian.
Tip:

Prednisone should not be stopped suddenly. There should be a gradual reduction in dosage before stopping.

Dosage:
Dogs/Cats:
Weight
Dosage
All weights
The usual dose is determined based on the condition being treated and the pet's response to treatment. Give this medication exactly as directed by your veterinarian. Prednisone should be given with food to lessen stomach upset, and with plenty of water.
Horses:
Do not use!
Storage:

Store Prednisone at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep this medication away from children and pets.

Ingredients

Prednisone Ingredients:

Prednisone 1 mg tablets:
Ingredient
Amount (per tablet)
Prednisone
1 mg
Prednisone 5 mg tablets:
Ingredient
Amount (per tablet)
Prednisone
5 mg
Prednisone 10 mg tablets:
Ingredient
Amount (per tablet)
Prednisone
10 mg
Prednisone 20 mg tablets:
Ingredient
Amount (per tablet)
Prednisone
20 mg
Prednisone 50 mg tablets:
Ingredient
Amount (per tablet)
Prednisone
50 mg
Customer Reviews
Prednisone is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 72.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dog was not able to walk This is an extremely effective treatment ... was concerned to start but using this with a muscle relaxer has made her recovery so fast.
Date published: 2017-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Always satisfied. I have always been very satisfied with all aspects of ordering from this web site. I would not recommend this product to a friend because it's a prescription from a vet for my dog. Otherwise I would highly recommend this site to a friend.
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best for itchy skin! While this product cannot be used long-term in dogs, it is the best thing that we have used for my dog's itchy, irritated, allergy infected skin!
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Side Effects too much My 1 year old pitbull is suffering major allergies in the spring. The prednisone was helping and briefly stopped the itch, but she was immediately dehydrated, drinking water constantly, and urinating in the apartment every 3 hours. It was really difficult to get sleep because she kept crying in the middle of the night because she had to go bathroom so bad - Even when we took her water away in the evening - she still felt the urge to go bathroom at 3am! Sure enough, after she was off the prednisone, she was back to scratching and causing herself a skin infection. The medication is effective if you use it continuously, but my dog and I did not appreciate the side effects. We are discussing alternative medications and shampoos with our vet at the moment.
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from okay but not the best my pup experienced very serious side effects. will not be using again.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great Our 4 year old Baby Gizmo takes this med in low dose daily for vestibular disorder as a result of stroke. It keeps him from relapsing and we are monitoring him for long term side effects. I really think this medicine is literally keeping him alive. He has a normal life now. (Although he is clumsy). The medicine is much more affordable than getting it at the vet, and it is convenient to receive it in the mail. Plus there is always a little "treat" for him included in the package.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from my dog is much better. When my dog is happy, my family is happy
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent medicine My Border Collie Luke, suffered from itchy skin due to allergies. He would scratch, itch and lick constantly. He wound up being bare skinned from he back feet all the way up to his backside. After the first dose, he finally slept the whole night without any issues. And after a couple days, his fur started growing back. He once again is a happy dog.
Date published: 2016-10-03
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Q&A

How much of a dose should be given to a Maltese that is 12 lbs

Asked by: Rocky
Thanks for your question. The usual dose is determined based on the condition being treated and the pet's response to treatment. Give this medication exactly as directed by your veterinarian. Prednisone should be given with food to lessen stomach upset, and with plenty of water.
Answered by: Adriane
Date published: 2017-11-30

Do i need a prescription to buy prednisone for my dog

Asked by: Jackson
Yes, prednisone requires a prescription from a licensed veterinarian.
Answered by: Lisa M
Date published: 2017-11-02

Is this prednisone different than human prednisone. I take prednisone everyday for an inflammation and was wondering the difference. I have 1 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg and 20 mg.

Asked by: Byfaith286
Prednisone is a human drug that is also prescribed for pets. There is no difference.
Answered by: Lisa M
Date published: 2017-11-10

Are these tablets able to be split in half? Is the medication scored equally? My dog needs 2.5 mg.

Asked by: RoccosMom
Yes, prednisone tablets are scored and can be split in half.
Answered by: Lisa M
Date published: 2017-09-25

I actually have two questions. Question #1 I have a 26 lbs nurtured male that is 6 years old what is the best type of diet food do you recommend & question #2 He has a hot spot is there any food that will cure it besides Kit & Kaboddle?

Asked by: NikiW
I would recommend speaking with your veterinarian about the best diet food for your cat regarding his current health status. The most common treatment for hot spots is preventing itching from flea bites. Flea preventatives monthly can help and also allergy medication prescribed by your veterinarian can provide some relief as well.
Answered by: Megan Student Pharmacist
Date published: 2017-06-28

Is there something over the counter I can use for my dogs itching 

Asked by: Missy
Hello Missy, there are a number of shampoos and other products that you may be able to relief your pet's itch. Do keep in mind that itching may be due to different reasons and over the counter products may not be enough. Only your veterinarian will be able to correctly diagnose your dog's itching and treat appropriately. Either way, here's a link for itch products we offer. https://www.1800petmeds.com/Itch+Relief-cat229.html
Answered by: Nemi Pharmacy Intern
Date published: 2017-09-25

How many milligrams of prednisone should a 60 lb dog take?

Asked by: Pamela
The usual dose is determined based on the condition being treated and the pet's response to treatment. Give this medication exactly as directed by your veterinarian.
Answered by: Crystal PetMed Pro
Date published: 2017-10-07

My shishu Charlie has and ear infection and I am unable to take him to the vet. at this time. I have a bottle of prednisone 10mg and want to know what is a good dose to give him and how long should I give the medication.

Asked by: Chattykathy
Hello ChattyKathy, I'm sorry I don't have better news, but Prednisone is a steroid that will only help reduce inflammation, but it will not help clear the infection. Infections are caused by bacteria or yeast and you will need an otic antibiotic agent for your pup. The appropriate antibiotic agent has to be used in the correct dosage and for the correct duration. So just giving a random antibiotic is not advisable either since different infections require different antibiotics. Your pup will highly benefit from a visit to the visit in order to identify the problem and correctly manage it.
Answered by: Nemi Pharmacy Intern
Date published: 2017-06-14
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