Can I Give My Dog Ecotrin?

Can I Give My Dog Ecotrin?Ecotrin is coated aspirin that’s used to relieve pain such as headaches, toothaches and the common backache. This product’s coated layer is said to slow down absorption in the intestines which may be easier on the stomach. While this may work for humans, dogs’ digestive systems are different. Your dog won’t likely benefit from coated aspirin.

We’ll discuss safer products for canine pain so you don’t have to settle for Ecotrin. But it’s important to remember that many factors go into administering pain medicines including your dog’s overall health. You really should consult with a vet prior to introducing any human meds.

Grabbing some Ecotrin, or any aspirin, to relieve your dog’s symptoms isn’t the safest approach. The truth is that it’s quite common for dogs to suffer from things such as arthritic pain. Fortunately, there are canine medications which are superior to Ecotrin.

Can I Give My Dog Ecotrin? Answer: No

Ecotrin is potentially toxic to dogs and may not work as intended.

Unlike with humans, the coating can cause unpredictable absorption in dogs. They sometimes don’t digest it properly and it builds up in the intestines, eventually becoming dangerously toxic. There are a number of side effects, some serious enough to result in a mandatory visit to the vet. If you’re looking for a pain relief for your dog ask a professional for canine aspirin or see what they recommend according to your dog’s health and medical history.

Though we try to help our dogs, sometimes causing more damage occurs. Thousands of dogs are rushed to vets each year because their owners didn’t confirm before administering various over-the-counter medications. Ecotrin very likely is one of these drugs.

Ecotrin’s Side Effects

Whether you have given your dog Ecotrin or they somehow got hold of the bottle, there are symptoms to watch for. This medication has a wide range of side effects in dogs. If any of these are observed, contact your vet immediately:

  • Vomiting
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Pale Gums
  • Diarrhea
  • Black stools
  • Excessive Panting
  • Lethargy
  • Seizures

If your dog has accidentally got into some Ecotrin, monitor them closely for visible side effects. Depending on the number of pills consumed and the size of your dog, it may be advisable to get in the car and get them checked out by a professional.

How Much is Too Much

Realistically speaking one tablet for any size dog is too much, but if you have a small miniature sized dog and they’ve eaten one table, keep a close eye on them. Again, get to the vet if your dog displays any adverse 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 ask what they think. Either way a veterinarian may suggest that you give them salt water to induce vomiting which removes the tablet(s) from the stomach.

Just Don’t Panic

It’s natural to feel panicked when your dog eats something you know is toxic such as Ecotrin. But staying calm and keeping a cool head can make all the difference and enable you to act quickly if needed. You may find that your dog develops an unquenchable thirst after eating something like Ecotrin, so keep plenty of fresh water at hand. It is important that they don’t become dehydrated and the water dilutes any effects.

Phone the vet in the first instance and advise them of what has happened. Try to note how many tablets you think your dog ate. This way they can give you their best advice. They may request that you bring your dog in.

Conclusion on Ecotrin

If you know of any medications in your home that are toxic to dogs, put them on the highest shelf out of the way. While this may sound obvious but dogs tend to find ways of getting into cupboards when they shouldn’t. It’s better to be safe than sorry by storing your Ecotrin out of reach. This way no matter how hard they try, they can’t get to it and you can have a peaceful night’s sleep.

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Andrew February 27, 2015

My vet recommended coated aspirin, such as Ecotrin, to avoid gastric upset since uncoated aspirin can be very irritating to a pup’s stomach. Every other place I’ve looked has said the same thing.

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James February 27, 2015

After doing some more research, it seems that coated aspirin does not lesson risks for dogs. It doesn’t limit the drug’s effect on the stomach which is contrary to the widely held belief. Whether giving coated or uncoated aspirin to your dog you must be very cautious.

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Andrew March 1, 2015

If you could explain this, I’d be more inclined to believe it. Dogs do have gastric acid just as we do, so it makes sense that enteric coating would work similarly with them, as long as a pup doesn’t crunch them up before they reach the stomach. We proceeded with an aspirin regimen (with coated pills) after the other meds ran out. We’ve had no issues but were admonished not to use uncoated aspirin.

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James March 1, 2015

Hi Andrew. The topic of enteric coating is debatable to say the least. Check out this link:
http://www.huntingnet.com/forum/sporting-dogs/217808-aspirin-we-ve-been-wrong.html

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Andrew March 1, 2015

Fair enough. So you give your dog dairy products, which contain enzymes that stimulate the gastric mucosa, protecting the stomach lining. Then you can probably give them either style of aspirin. That’s the good thing about biochemistry, there’s almost always an opposite reaction.

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