Aspirin For Dogs In Severe Pain

This article provides information relating to the safe dosage and administeration of the popular painkiller aspirin for dogs. Read very carefully as there are many safety measures and remember to seek guidance from a professional veterinarian if considering using this drug.

Aspirin is a household name, one of the most popular over the counter painkillers used by thousands of people on a day-to-day basis. It works well in humans, but what about dogs? Whilst some other popular painkillers such as paracetamol are highly toxic to dogs, the drug aspirin may be used under guidance from a veterinarian to relieve severe cases of pain or discomfort. Misuse of the drug can result in serious conditions such as kidney failure in dogs so practice caution and only use this medicine exactly as guided to by your vet.

Aspirin dosage for dogs

Be aware that this medication should not be given to puppies or to smaller sized dogs. Generally if approved by the vet, you will be advised to administer 5 mg of aspirin for each pound your dog weighs every 12 hours. You should always give this drug alongside food. You will need to use baby aspirin rather than any form of coated pills for your dog to feel the benefits of this medicine. If your dog is pregnant or suffers with Von Willebrand disease, you should seek other means of pain relief.

Is aspirin safe for dogs?

Whilst it may be approved for use by a vet and may be an effective painkiller when used responsibly, there are risks involved with overdosing so it’s better to undercut the recommended dosage than to exceed it. As an NSAID you should not administer this drug with others of its class such as carprofen or etodolac for dogs. If your dog has known allergies to these sorts of drugs, seek professional advice from a vet.

Safety precautions:

  • Always consult with a vet before administering this drug
  • Always give with food to avoid the development of stomach ulcers
  • Do not give to puppies as they lack the digestive enzymes to process aspirin
  • Do not give to smaller dogs
  • Do not give to dogs with kidney problems

Because aspirin slows down the process of blood-clotting, stomach ulcers can be a very dangerous side effect. If you notice signs of an upset stomach or if your dog has blood in their vomit or stools then you should stop the use of this drug immediately and seek professional medical advice. Other serious side effects include kidney damage, though this is less common in dogs who aren’t predisposed to renal problems. Signs of kidney damage to look out for include vomiting and a heightened or lowered level of thirst.

Uses of aspirin for dogs

Aspirin is sometimes given by a vet to treat:

  • Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Inflammation

Because many pain relief drugs carry risks when used in the treatment of dogs aspirin is often reserved for use only in severe cases of pain.

Side effects

Possible side effects of this drug include rapid breathing, imbalance and/or trouble with coordination, vomiting, and in more serious cases stomach ulcers and kidney damage. You should seek medical advice if any of these signs become present.

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