October 12, 2010

Giving your Dog Aspirin

Filed under: Dog Aspirin — Dr. Amber Reed @ 2:36 pm

Dog’s suffering from chronic pain, arthritis, or other forms of inflammation can be treated with aspirin.  However, giving your dog aspirin can have some seriously negative side effects and as such you should speak with your veterinarian before administering aspirin to your dog.  Nevertheless, there are many common uses for aspirin with dogs as long as you are careful about the dose and only use aspirin when indicated, giving your dog aspirin is safe and effective.

First, let’s talk about some of the uses for aspirin in dogs.  For the most part, dogs are given aspirin to treat joint pain that is associated with osteoarthritis, but since aspirin is an effective anti-inflammatory and reduces swelling aspirin can also be used to treat the pain associated with injury.  Moreover, while giving your dog aspirin reduces pain, it also reduces fevers as well as many commercially available pet meds.

Still, it is inadvisable to give your dog aspirin unless it has been recommended by a veterinarian.  Aspirin can be toxic for dogs and should never be administered for young dogs or cats.  High doses of aspirin (30mg per pound) can be dangerous for your dog.  Even baby aspirin contains a very high dose for some dogs and when administered in higher doses aspirin can lead to stomach ulcers or gastrointestinal upset and in very severe cases may even lead to death.  Aspirin prevents blood clotting and when ulcers form and start to bleed this can lead to death.  And just a quick word of warning: Never give your dog Tylenol or acetaminophen as a replacement for aspirin as these medications are very dangerous for dogs.

The recommended dose of aspirin for a dog is about 10mg per pound but it is always better to give not enough rather than too much.  If your veterinarian has recommended giving your dog aspirin to treat arthritis, he should also give you specific dosing instructions as well as which animal prescription drugs cannot be used with aspirin.  Ultimately, aspirin is a useful treatment for your dog but only if it is used in the correct dose.

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