My cocker spaniel is nearly 13 and has arthritis and also seizures. He takes Rimadyl and phenobarbitol. He cannot put weight on his right front leg which has been x-rayed and nothing found except arthritis. My vet won't give him a cortisone shot because he thinks he will get ulcers. My boss an orthopedic surgeon gave cortisone shots to people who had sensitive stomachs and who could not tolerate anti-inflammatories. I have never heard of these shots causing any stomach problems. Is it different for dogs?
It is the same in humans and dogs. Cortisone shots can cause gastric ulcers. But I think that is a not good enough reason not to give your pet a shot unless he has had gastric ulcers recently. In the proper dose I recommend a cortisone shot, if dogs are in great pain from arthritis. Vetcare