Ecotrin is coated aspirin and is used to relieve pain such as headaches, toothache and backache. Ecotrin is designed with a coated layer to slow down absorption in the intestines, ensuring that it only dissolves once it reaches the small intestine.
While this may have many benefits for human consumption, dogs have different digestive systems and their bodies don’t absorb the coated aspirin as easily as we do.
If your dog is in pain and you want to relieve it using an over the counter medication, you may prefer to use buffered or powdered covered aspirin, which is considered safe depending on whether they are on other medications and depending on their overall health.
It’s not uncommon for dogs to suffer with arthritic pain and owners can’t bear to see their beloved pet uncomfortable and grab the over the counter human medication thinking they’re relieving their dog of the symptoms.
Can I Give My Dog Ecotrin? Answer: No
Ecotrin or coated aspirin is potentially toxic to dogs. The coating causes unpredictable absorption in dogs, they don’t digest it properly and it builds up in the intestines and eventually becomes toxic.
Once it becomes toxic there are a number of side effects that your dog will experience, these can only result in a visit to the vet.
If you’re looking for a pain relief for your dog ask the vet for dog aspirin or see what they suggest and recommend according to your dog’s health and medical history.
Even though you think you are helping your dog, often you may be causing more damage. Thousands of dogs are rushed to the vet each year because their owners didn’t confirm with the vet before administering human over the counter medication.
Side Effects of Ecotrin
Whether you have given your dog Ecotrin or he got hold of the bottle on his own, there are symptoms you can watch out for.
This medication offers a wide range of side effects in dogs and if any of these are noticed, contacts your vet immediately:
- Loss of Appetite
- Pale Gums
- Black stools
- Excessive Panting
If you realize your dog has got into the Ecotrin and eaten a couple, the best is to monitor them closely for side effects. Depending on the number consumed and the size of your dog, it may be advisable to get in the car and get them checked at the vet.
How much is Too Much Ecotrin?
Realistically speaking one tablet for any size dog is too much, but if you have a small miniature sized dog and it’s eaten one table, keep a close eye on it and get it to the vet if it displays any symptoms.
Larger dogs should handle one tablet without too much complication; though ensure that they drink plenty of water. If more than one has been consumed, phone your vet and monitor them closely.
Either way your vet may suggest you give them salt water to induce vomiting to remove the tablet(s) from their stomachs to ensure it doesn’t build up to toxic levels.
Keep an Eye on Them
It’s natural to feel panicked when your dog eats something you know is toxic. But staying calm and keeping a cool head can make all the difference and enable you to act quickly if needed.
If your dog has eaten Ecotrin, keep a close eye on them and offer them plenty of water. You may find your dog develops an unquenchable thirst, so keep plenty of fresh water at hand.
Phone the vet in the first instance and advise them of what has happened and how many tablets you think your dog ate, this way your vet can give you instructions or request you bring the dog in.
If you know the medications in your home are toxic to dogs, put them on the highest shelf out of the way. While this may sound obvious, dogs tend to find ways of getting into cupboards when they shouldn’t. Rather be safe than sorry and place anything you don’t want them to get in their mouths as high as possible, this way no matter how hard they try, they can’t get to it and you can have a peaceful nights sleep.