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Carole Cocagne, Cat Veterinarian
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Experience:  Veterinarian at Swartz Creek Veterinary Hospital
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My cat has diarrhea as a side effect of taking prednisone 5

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My cat has diarrhea as a side effect of taking prednisone 5 mg a day.
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is the matter with your cat?
Customer: Cat was losing wait. Vet cannot determine what the problem is
JA: Where does your cat seem to hurt?
Customer: Cat is not hurting. I want to stop the diarrhea
JA: OK. No obvious pain. What is the cat's name and age?
Customer: Ian. 13
JA: Is there anything else important you think the veterinarian should know about Ian?
Customer: He is not in distress.
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Carole Cocagne replied 8 months ago.

Hi I'm Dr. Carole and I'm sorry to hear about Ian. Did the vet put Ian on pred because he was losing weight? Were bloodwork, xrays and ultrasound done to try to understand why the weight was dropping? The diarrhea certainly can be a side effect of the pred, so if the cat is not doing well on it then it may need to be discontinued. The diarrhea can then be treated with some antidiarrheals and antibiotics (something like Metronidazole or Flagyl). Prednisone is a potent anti-inflammatory but sometimes it is used for certain cancers like lymphoma. I'm guessing your vet may have thought that the weight loss may be due to something like that. If you plan to stop the pred though you will need to wean off of it slowly, go from 5 mg a day to 2.5 mg a day and then 2.5 mg every other day over a period of a week. You never want to stop pred suddenly.

Expert:  Carole Cocagne replied 8 months ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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