Perhaps your dog is in some sort of pain and you’re thinking of giving them a dose of Bayer. You should know that this branded form of aspirin is not without risks when administered to pets.
The good news is dogs usually deal with pain better than us humans do. But if your best buddy is yelping and yowling in agony, then you’ll need to act. You want a safe and effective solution, but be careful with Bayer.
The best course of action is, of course, to consult with a vet. The use of Bayer may complicate matters and won’t actually solve your pooch’s pain problems. In any case, let’s take a closer look at the use of this type of aspirin for your dog’s sake.
Can I Give My Dog Bayer? Answer: Only as directed by a vet
The Bayer corporation invented aspirin at the tail end of the 19th century, which you’d assume would make them the pros at it. But any company can make it and distribute it, so if you decide on giving your dog a painkiller meant for humans, you don’t have to give them Bayer, but we’re guessing you have some on hand since you’re asking if it’s alright for them.
Use of Aspirin for Dogs
Vets prescribe aspirin to dogs, but typically it is the canine form. In an emergency they might direct an owner to give their dogs aspirin, but this is on a case by case basis, and not an across the board approval. That’s why if you’re thinking of giving your dog Bayer you should consult with your vet first to see if they even need it, and if so how much to give them.
Perils of Human Medication
Some medications that are made for humans also work on dogs, but they should only be given under direct orders from a vet. That way you’ll know the right dosage for your specific dog. We don’t recommend taking the dosing advice you can find online.
Even though the other owners are well-meaning, they are doing a disservice because they don’t know several factors that go into determining the dosage for a dog. Weight is just one consideration, but is often the only factor used with recommendations found in forums. But the age, overall health, breed, and medical history all come into play.
Pesky Pooch Pain Problems
There are three types of pain your dog will experience. Temporary pain that doesn’t require any medication, and will subside given enough time. This is usually pain caused by a minor injury. The next is acute pain from a major injury that needs a vet’s attention.
At that time they’ll be able to prescribe them the proper pain meds in the right dose. The third type is chronic pain that your dog is going to have every day, and that is something that you’d want to get a treatment plan from the vet, rather than trying to treat it on your own.
Some owners even contemplate the use of this over-the-counter product, for the long term, as a way to treat canine arthritis.
The good news about dogs and pain is that you’re basically off the hook as the owner. There’s no need to medicate them directly. Either they’ll be fine in time, or they need professional assistance. Either way, your job is easy, just give them a lot of love.
The Food Connection
You might not make the connection to food and pain, but it’s there. If your dog is recovering from an injury, a dietary upgrade will speed their healing time. If they have a condition like arthritis there are special diets that you can put them on that are anti-inflammatory, easing their suffering.
Even after they recover from what they’re going through you might want to keep them on their new diet so they can enjoy the health benefits from it and lead an active and healthy life.
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Doctor Stephanie Flansburg-Cruz, a practicing veterinarian, has reviewed and endorsed this article. She has 3 dogs of her own and cares very much about the welfare of all animals.
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