Cortisone vs. anti-inflammatory.
Breed: staff/lab mix
Age: 11-15 years
What is more harmful to the liver, anti-inflammatory medication or Cortisone shots?
Dr. Marie replied:
Neither drug, when used properly should be harmful to the liver. But, both are processed through the liver.
If you are talking about treating an animal for arthritis, then non-steroidal anti-inflammatories like Metacam, Rimadyl, Previcox or Deramaxx are the best choice.
There are a few things that I will use long acting steroid shots for such as asthma in cats or some cat skin conditions, but not all of the time. I rarely give a long acting steroid injection to a dog.
I hope that answers your question!
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