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I cant access our old vet from abroad and the new one seem to not really know, so Im asking here. Musiaka has been on pred since september due to IBD. He has mostly been on 2,5 mg daily, then 2,5mg every second day and then 1,25 mg every second day. I went down now to 1,25 mg every third day. When can i stop giving him pills? Go down to 1,25 every fourth day?
 

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You might call another vet just to be sure, or research it online. I had a cat with cancer that was on a low dose for two years. You know a vet that doesn't know how to stop what he prescribes is not good. Is there another vet at that facility?
 

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I would definitely ask a vet before you start lowering/changing doses of any medication. Even if they aren’t the vet that prescribed it originally, they will know how to cut down the dosage safely and effectively. With prednisolone, withdrawal can lead to adrenal insufficiency (per wikipedia: Prednisolone - Wikipedia), so it’s important to wean him off with a vet’s instruction.
 
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I managed to contact the old vet who preacribed it and he said to give the current dose (1,25mg every third day) 3 times, then half of that three times and then stop. Sounds right?
 

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I managed to contact the old vet who preacribed it and he said to give the current dose (1,25mg every third day) 3 times, then half of that three times and then stop. Sounds right?
Sure! I would definitely trust your vet’s directions.:)
 

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That sounds exactly right. Once you get down to every 3rd day, after a week or so you are pretty much done...
 

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I cant access our old vet from abroad and the new one seem to not really know, so Im asking here. Musiaka has been on pred since september due to IBD. He has mostly been on 2,5 mg daily, then 2,5mg every second day and then 1,25 mg every second day. I went down now to 1,25 mg every third day. When can i stop giving him pills? Go down to 1,25 every fourth day?
I managed to contact the old vet who preacribed it and he said to give the current dose (1,25mg every third day) 3 times, then half of that three times and then stop. Sounds right?
If you are using pills, not liquid:

I give my cat about 2.5mg a day (from a 5mg pill cut in half). I know it's relatively easy to cut that same pill into an approximate 1.25mg dose, but to try cutting a tablet into an even smaller dosage than 1.25 mg, well, that's very hard!


It seems to me that you are tapering the Pred very well for your kitty -- always interact with a vet when doing so :), as your pet's vet and you should know your pet's health issues the best. :hugs:
 

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Musiaka Musiaka , where are you? Perhaps someone here can help you locate a vet.

I'm not a vet, but one my kitties had to be on "pred" for allergies to flea bites, which caused his hair to fall out.

What I do know is that if the dose is to be reduced, it's to be done very gradually, in a way similar to what you describe. I recall gradually REALLY GRADUALLY tapering off the dosages, getting further between and smaller, over time, too.

HOWEVER, for sure, get yourself a vet to help deal with this if you can.

Good luck and let us know what you find. It will contribute to the body of knowledge.

People sometimes have to take "pred" too, oh what fun what fun. Hope you don't . . . .
 

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I'm not a vet, but one my kitties had to be on "pred" for allergies to flea bites, which caused his hair to fall out.
I have a cat who has a flea bite allergy too, she completely breaks out. I just use a monthly flea preventative and save the pred for if its a particularly bad season. Thankfully I haven't had to use it for her in a long time. Long term pred use is so bad for kitties.
 

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I have a cat who has a flea bite allergy too, she completely breaks out. I just use a monthly flea preventative and save the pred for if its a particularly bad season. Thankfully I haven't had to use it for her in a long time. Long term pred use is so bad for kitties.
It’s not great for people either!

But whe it’s needed it’s needed.
 
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Just as I was about to wean him of prednisolone, he started vomiting again, after a long break of around 3 months... should i keep the small dose for maintenance?
 
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