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Experience:  UC Davis graduate, Interests: Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Pain Management
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My cat Charlie has a swollen foot. There are no open areas.

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My cat Charlie has a swollen foot. There are no open areas. He broke his third toe a few years back and re-injured it today. Would prednisone help with reducing swelling?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 2 years ago.
Hello, Would prednisone help? Well, certainly, steroids do have anti-inflammatory benefit. But, we really don't use prednisone in cats. Generally, it is prednisolone that is used because cats do not metabolize regular prednisone correctly.Also, usually, vets would only use a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory like Onsior or metacam. Being swollen, we have to suspect a more serious soft tissue trauma, possible infection (abscess) even if no evidence of puncture or a allergic reaction. I would hesitate if you were planning on giving prednisone, and simply get to a vet as soon as you can. Hope that info helpsGood Luck!Dr. Andy