For steroid therapy, as an aid in the treatment of arthritis, asthma, skin disorders, allergic dermatoses and other inflammatory conditions in dogs and cats.
Dosage and Administration
Prednisolone 5 mg tablets are for oral administration. The dosage, as with other corticosteroids, should be individualized according to the severity of the conditions, anticipated duration of therapy and the patient’s threshold or tolerance for steroid excess. For chronic conditions, the lowest dose producing adequate relief should be the one employed.
As a guideline:
Dogs: 0.5-1.0 mg/kg
Cats: 1-2 mg/kg
Doses should be given as single or divided doses initially and then tapered to every 48 hours.
Caution:Prednisolone 5 mg tablets contain a potent steroid and are to be used under the direct supervision of a veterinarian. All precautions and contraindications for adrenocortical hormones must be observed. Warning signs of cortisone overdosage may not be present. In certain cases, where large doses are required, the patient must be closely observed for side effects such as polyuria and polydipsia. When side effects occur, it may be necessary to reduce the dosage or discontinue therapy. Continuous large doses of Prednisolone 5 mg tablets may result in some depression of adrenocortical function and may produce adrenal atrophy. If long-term therapy is to be terminated, gradual withdrawal is recommended. The possible action of Prednisolone 5 mg tablets in delaying healing should also be considered. As with all glucocorticoids, Prednisolone 5 mg tablets may mask the signs of infection or cause the onset of latent infection. For these reasons, it may be advisable to institute proper antibacterial therapy together with Prednisolone 5 mg tablets.
At room temperature (15-30°C), protected from light.