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Prednisolone for Dogs & Cats

Dog and Cat Corticosteroid Pet Medications

Prednisolone is a corticosteroid pet medication used to treat a wide variety of auto-immune and inflammatory conditions in dogs and cats. Prednisolone Acetate eye drops are used to treat inflammation in the eyes. PrednisTab pet meds are used to treat diseases like adrenal inefficiencies, arthritis, lupus, allergies, dermatitis, and more in dogs.

Prednisolone reduces inflammation, swelling, and pain. It is available in tablet form for cats and dogs for the treatment of allergic conditions and dermatitis, arthritis, bursitis, ulcerative colitis, lupus, adrenal insufficiency, blood and skin disorders, and other conditions. It is also available as Prednisolone Acetate Ophthalmic Suspension for dogs and horses to treat the above-named symptoms specifically in the eye, conjunctiva, and eyelids resulting from infections, injury, or surgery.

Benefits of Prednisolone:

  • Remedies inflammation, swelling, and pain
  • Available in tablet and eye drop forms
  • Treats a wide variety of inflammatory and autoimmune conditions
  • Facilitates organ transplants
  • Treats symptoms of eye infections and injuries, as well as reactions to surgical procedures
  • Easily administered orally or with a manufacturer-provided dropper bottle
  • Prescription-strength treatment

Read all label instructions and precautionary statements before use.

Use Prednisolone products exactly as prescribed by your veterinarian.

Prednisolone Tablets Directions:

  1. Dosage and frequency of administration vary depending on the animal, the condition being treated, and other individual factors. Give the prescribed dose at the prescribed times directly by hand.
  2. Administer tablets with food to minimize or prevent gastrointestinal upset.
  3. Allow unrestricted access to fresh water during treatment with Prednisolone.

Prednisolone Acetate Ophthalmic Suspension Directions:

  1. Shake bottle gently before use.
  2. Wash hands before use.
  3. Instill the prescribed number of drops at the prescribed times.
  4. Do not touch the sterile tip of the dropper bottle to an animal's eyes, to your own skin, or to any other surface.

Frequency of Use:

Frequency of use varies. Use as prescribed.


Keep out of reach of children and animals.

Store Prednisolone tablets and Prednisolone Acetate Ophthalmic Suspension in their original container, tightly sealed, at room temperature. Protect from moisture and heat. Do not store in a bathroom.

Discard unused or expired product.

It is a violation of Federal Law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling.

Prednisolone, like other corticosteroids, suppresses the body's inflammatory response. It also functions as an immunosuppressant. Prednisolone and Prednisolone Acetate Ophthalmic Suspension are not approved by the FDA for use in animals; it is, however, common for veterinarians to prescribe them.

Prednisolone Active Ingredient (per tablet): prednisolone 5 mg

Prednisolone Acetate Ophthalmic Suspension Ingredients (per mL): prednisolone acetate 1%, benzalkonium chloride (preservative) 0.01%, hypromellose 2910, dibasic sodium phosphate, wdetate disodium, polysorbate 80, glycerin, citric acid and/or sodium hydroxide (to adjust pH), purified water


Keep Prednisolone out of reach of children and animals. Do not use or store in or near open flame or heat.

Prednisolone tablets are only intended for use in cats and dogs. Do not use in other species. Prednisolone Acetate Ophthalmic Suspension is only intended for use in dogs and horses. Not for use on other species. These products are only for use on or in the animal for which they were prescribed.

CAUTION: Close veterinary supervision is recommended with internal corticosteroid use.

Do not use Prednisolone Acetate Ophthalmic Suspension if it contains dirt or other debris or if it is discolored. Do not allow the sterile tip of the Prednisolone Acetate Ophthalmic Suspension dropper to come into contact with any surface.

Side effects of oral prednisolone may include fatigue, insomnia, stomach upset, weight gain, increased hunger or thirst, increased urinary output, panting, diarrhea, or vomiting. Cushing's syndrome may result from prolonged or repeated therapy.

Prednisolone Acetate Ophthalmic Suspension may cause blurry vision, stinging, redness, irritation, or sensitivity to light. Rare but more serious side effects can include increased intraocular pressure, cataracts, or corneal perforation.

Do not give oral prednisolone with serious bacterial, viral, or fungal infections.

Do not use Prednisolone Acetate Ophthalmic Suspension with infections unless they are being successfully managed with an appropriate anti-infective agent.

Corticosteroids inhibit an animal's ability to fight infections. Care should be taken during therapy to avoid sources of infection.

Not for use in animals with Cushingoid syndrome, peptic ulcers, or corneal ulcers.

Use with caution in animals with high blood pressure, diabetes, hypothyroidism, congestive heart failure, or hepatic or renal impairment. Tell your veterinarian if your animal has any medical conditions or takes any drugs or supplements.

Prednisolone tablets may induce labor when given during the final trimester of pregnancy.

Seek emergency veterinary treatment for a known or suspected overdose. Overdose is unlikely when using Prednisolone Acetate Ophthalmic Suspension.

Consult your veterinarian before concurrently administering any other drugs or supplements with a product containing prednisolone.

Do not stop use of Prednisolone Acetate Ophthalmic Suspension suddenly if it has been used for at least several weeks. Reduce usage gradually.

Consult your veterinarian if an animal's condition does not improve or gets worse.

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