Giving Your Dog Aspirin
It is wise to check with your vet before administering aspirin or any other medication.
Since aspirin can cause some stomach problems, care should be used.
If your dog has chronic pain or inflammation, common aspirin can often be used to give your pet some relief.
Dogs are most commonly given aspirin for treatment of arthritis and associated joint pain. There may be other situations where your dog is
in pain, where aspirin may give relief. Aspirin has good anti-inflammatory effects that reduces swelling. It can also reduce pain and fever.
These effects will help make your dog more comfortable. Rimadyl as a better pain-killer and anti-inflammatory than aspirin.
Because aspirin can be toxic you should use caution In administering this medication, the medicine may not be tolerated, or it can cause an
upset stomach or ulcers in the animal.Aspirin can be toxic if given in high doses of about 30 mg per pound of the dog. This means that even
baby aspirin could be poisonous for dogs weighing two pounds or less. An adult aspirin which is 320 mg. would be toxic for a 10-pound dog.
To be sure that you are using the aspirin for the right reason and at the right dose, you should consult your veterinarian first.
Aspirin is poorly tolerated by young dogs, since they lack the enzymes necessary to process the aspirin. Aspirin can cause gastrointestinal
upsets and ulcers in dogs, just as in humans. You should pay attention to your dog's eating habits when administering aspirin to watch for
signs of an upset stomach. If there are any signs of ulcers, such as blood-tinged vomiting, it is important to stop the aspirin.Giving the aspirin
with food and using buffered aspirin is the best to prevent stomach problems.I prefer to grind up the aspirin and put it in some food to make
sure it does not irritate the stomach lining.
Recommended dosage Most veterinarians recommend between 5 mg and 10 mg per pound of the dog's weight every 12 hours. Going on
the safe side, a recommended dosage of aspirin of about 5 mg/lb seems to work well for most dogs. Enteric coated aspirin is not
recommended in dogs because about half the time the coating isn't digested and the aspirin is excreted whole in the stool.
It is better to start off small and work your way up to the maximum. If the dog has relief with a smaller dosage, that is great.A standard aspirin
is 320 mg. A baby aspirin is typically 80 mg. That means that 5 mg/lb works out to be one baby aspirin per 16 pounds of body weight twice a
The following chart can be used as a guide. Note that this is not medical advice.
Number of tablets each 12 hours
1/2 baby aspirin or less
1 baby aspirin
1/2 adult or 2 baby
3/4 adult or 3 baby
1 adult or 4 baby
1 1/4 adult or 5 baby
1 1/2 adult or 6 baby
Weight of dog in pounds
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