Can I Give My Dog Aspirin?

Can I Give My Dog Aspirin?Some dogs really do need to take Aspirin, or something similar, for alleviating pain. Is this popular over-the-counter NSAID medication okay for canine use?

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A short-term low-dose of aspirin is generally safe enough. It will work if your dog needs temporary relief for aches and pains. That said, it is too risky for puppies!

There are many dangerous human meds and they’re too often for fatal animals. Thankfully aspirin, when used in moderation, isn’t easily toxic for pet dogs.

Can I Give My Dog Aspirin? Answer: Yes, short term and conservatively

This non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug can reduce a pooch’s pain but please involve your veterinarian prior to use.

Aspirin is fast-acting and effective for pain relief but, if you are going it alone, we recommend much safer tablets (specifically for dogs). They work wonders for our older dog. Aspirin can be given but it probably shouldn’t be the first option. There are certainly risks. Have your vet advise you. Keep reading for more info…

What You Must Do: Pay close attention to your dog for signs of complications whenever providing aspirin.

Not a Perfect Pain Pill

Aspirin prevents the buildup of Prostaglandin which causes pain receptors to react. It works for dogs, but effective pain management needs to start with a vet consultation.

This is especially true when you do not know the root cause of your dog’s ailment. The most effective treatment can begin only after the underlying cause of the condition is known.

Aspirin is often used for dog pain caused by arthritis or similar musculoskeletal inflammation-related pains. But there may be safer, better and more natural options as previously mentioned.

Dosing Aspirin for Dogs

Carefully adjust dosage based on your dog’s body weight. As a rule of thumb, a 5-10 milligram dose per pound can be responsibility given.

Be conservative. If your best buddy weighs 20 pounds, provide at least 100mg of aspirin but never more than 200mg total daily.

Every dog’s situation is different. Getting a vet’s advice is a must. Make no mistake, human medications can be harmful for dogs.

Remember that Aspirin is a human-grade NSAID. You cannot take dosing lightly!

Precautions & Side Effects

Aspirin should never be given to young pets. There is potential for serious toxicity when given to dogs weighing less than 5 pounds.

Aspirin may cause bleeding and stomach problems among other complications. Give your dog food beforehand. This will help to avoid gastric irritation and development of ulcers.

For bleeding tendencies, due to blood thinning, keep your dog away from sharp objects or activities that may cause trauma. Close monitoring, following aspirin use, is essential.

Other meds, such as Tylenol, should not be taken with aspirin. Such chemical reactions can cause severe complications for dogs, even death.

Conclusion on Aspirin

You can give aspirin to your dog, but a natural alternative may be also effective and much safer. While aspirin works for dogs with pain, adverse reactions are possible and do occur. Closely observe your dog any time you administer this NSAID. Know what to look for and have your vet’s contact info on hand.

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Dr. Stephanie Flansburg Cruz, a practicing vet, has reviewed and endorsed this article. She has 3 dogs of her own and cares about the welfare of all animals.


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