The Use of Aspirin for Dogs

Warning: The following advice is given for informational purposes only. DO NOT give your dog any medication or treatment without first consulting a qualified vet. I make NO warranties or guarantees about the following information and urge you to consult your veterinary doctor before changing any treatment or starting any treatment for your dog. This information is only to be used for informational purposes and to offer you something that you might want to discuss with your vet. DO NOT follow any of the advice or recommendations below without consulting with your dog’s vet first.

Dogs suffering from arthritis and other pain causing diseases can be treated in different ways. The simplest and easiest would be through the use of aspirin. Aspirin is a non-steroidal drug that is meant to fight inflammation caused by arthritis. If you are going to treat your dog with aspirin you have to keep in mind not to use it with other medications as that might be harmful to the animal. Let us look further into the use of aspirin in animals especially dogs.

Uses

As we have mentioned aspirin is an anti-inflammatory drug, and it is especially effective in fighting the effects of arthritis, especially pain in the joints. It can reduce pain, swelling, and just like in humans it can help against fever. It helps to give your dog a more comfortable feeling by reducing the pain. Remember that the relief brought about by aspirin is only temporary. It will not cure the main cause of the problem which is arthritis. There are also other medications that a vet might prescribe for a dog that’s suffering from arthritis.

Caution

Like any other medicine, aspirin for dogs should be used with caution. There is the possibility that the aspirin might become toxic especially when it exceeds 30 mg per pound of your dog’s body mass. That means giving aspirin to puppies or a small breeds dog might be lethal.

Problems on the Stomach

Aspirin can cause a nasty side effect on the stomach. It can cause ulcers just like in humans so you have to be careful in giving your animals such medication. When you have been treating your dog with aspirin you should be on the look out for any signs that it is having some problems with its stomach. When you see blood in your dog’s vomit then you should stop the aspirin medication immediately and take him or her to the vet.

Other Pain Relievers

Some people say that they are using other pain relievers to treat their dogs. Non aspirin pain relievers can prove to be fatal to your dogs so it is best to avoid them.

Dosage

When you are going to treat your dog with aspirin you have to start small. You can begin by giving your dog a dosage of 5 to 10 mg of aspirin per pound of your dog’s weight for a 12 hour period. Check with your vet first before you start giving your dog aspirin and/or when you start increasing the dosage.

Again, you have to remember that aspirin is not meant to treat the cause of arthritis. It will only help in treating its effects which is pain and swelling. If the arthritis is left untreated however there will come a time when aspirin will no longer be able to provide any help or relief from the pain felt by your pooch. So while giving your dog aspirin you need to follow the advice of a qualified vet as well and find a solution to the main cause of the problem, which is arthritis. Never give aspirin to pregnant dogs as it can cause birth defects and you should never give it to dogs who are suffering from problems with blood clotting.

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