Palladia Tablets for Dogs

Palladia Tablets for Dogs

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Palladia tablets are used to treat dogs with mast cell tumours, a type of skin cancer. It is usually prescribed for more severe or recurring tumours. Palladia works by killing the tumour cells and cutting off the blood supply to the tumour. The desired result is that the tumour stops growing, shrinks or disappears entirely.

Palladia is a veterinary only medication (POM-V) and can only be purchased with a veterinary prescription. It is easy to order online with Vetscriptions, simply download the prescription form here, ask your vet to fill it out with your prescription details and upload it when you make your order with Vetscriptions. 

Palladia Dosage and Duration

Most dogs will have an initial six-week course of Palladia with regular vet visits to determine the correct dosage and monitor the tumour closely. It is then likely that your vet will reduce to six weekly visits until the results are satisfactory, or there is a need to change the treatment approach. 

What Are The Side Effects of Palladia?

The most common side effects of Palladia are;

  • Diarrhoea
  • Lethargy
  • Anorexia (or severe weight loss)
  • Neutropenia (low white blood cells)
  • Emesis (vomiting)

If you notice any other symptoms or are concerned about the severity of the side effects listed above, contact your vet immediately.


Palladia is an anti-cancer medication, and as such, it needs to be handled very carefully.

Palladia may be dangerous to unborn fetuses when handled by pregnant women. Women who are pregnant, nursing or planning to become pregnant need to be especially careful in handling the medication.

Children should not be allowed to handle Palladia, and it should be stored in a secure location, as should all prescription medications.

When handling Palladia, dog owners should:

  • Wash their hands thoroughly after handling the tablets.
  • Try not to split or break tablets.
  • Wear gloves when it is necessary to handle broken tablets.
  • Administer Palladia tablets to their dog immediately after removing them from the bottle.
  • Not handle tablets spit out by the dog without gloves.
  • Check to make sure the dog has ingested the Palladia tablet completely if hiding the tablet in food.

Legal Category: POM-V

To find details on all veterinary medicinal products currently authorised in the UK, please see the VMD's Product Information Database.

IMPORTANT LEGAL INFORMATION: this is a Veterinary Prescription Only Medicine (POM-V), which can only be prescribed by a veterinary surgeon but may be dispensed by another veterinary surgeon or pharmacist. 

You can download a Vetscriptions Prescription form here.