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Cortisone vs. anti-inflammatory.

Species: Dog
Breed: staff/lab mix
Age: 11-15 years
What is more harmful to the liver, anti-inflammatory medication or Cortisone shots?




Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

Good question!

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!

Dr. Marie.

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