Transdermal gel prednisolone - floppy ear side effect?
My cat was first prescribed prednisolone for her IBD last fall. Initially we tried both liquid and pill forms. We had a stretch of about 4 months during which she took the pills in pill pockets or other combinations of pill wraps/soft treats, but she eventually started to avoid them. I think she found the hidden pill too many times (she'd bite into it and maybe get a bad taste).
I have filled a prescription for the transdermal gel form of prednisolone which is meant to be applied to the inside of the ear, but haven't tried to use it on her yet. Our vet says while it's a good alternative if giving liquid/pills is overly difficult and stressful for the cat, the transdermal gel may be less effective than oral forms. But she also mentioned that over time the gel will cause a cat's ears to droop or fold due to weakening of the skin/cartilage. I'm wondering if anyone has experienced this side effect in their cat, and how long it took to get to that point?