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Terri, Feline Healthcare Expert
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I was given a 50 mg tablet of Dexamethasone and told to

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HI I was given a 50 mg tablet of Dexamethasone and told to crush and divide it by four and give one quarter to my 13yr old cat as a temporary relief for what appears to artists or joint pain in his front rh leg. (Lame and limping) Can i give this quartered amount twice a day or just once a day? As the vet translator was not very clear as I dont speak his language and the dosing was somewhat lost in translation. Chubby the cat will receive an x ray tomorrow in the morning for farther diagnosis of his pain in front r/h leg.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Did the cat have a fall?
Customer: no id di not mean to his send yet he has been getting slower on the stairs and reluctant to jump over the last year and is showing signs of arthritis as the best i can tell
JA: What is the cat's name and age?
Customer: Chubby male 13yrs 4.5 kg
JA: What is the cat's name?
Customer: almost 10 lbs
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the cat?
Customer: was 15 lbs last year and now is 10 lbs. so lost weight in the last year but has been more active the before. He is an indoor cat only
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Terri replied 11 months ago.


I am sorry Chubby hurt his leg.

The medication you were given

Dexamethasone is a corticosteroid that reduces inflammation.

Read more here:

It should only be given once a day until the ray tomorrow. Then Chubby will be scripted a daily dose with a weaning schedule as it is unsafe to stop the medication abruptly.

have the DVM write down the scripted dose. Then we can interpret if there is a language problem.

I hope Chubby feels better very soon.

Kind regards,


Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Thank you for your answer.Robert
Expert:  Terri replied 11 months ago.

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