Aspirin and dogs
I know we have posters who are vets or vet techs, and I need to know just how much aspirin I can give to a 40-lb. dog, and how often.
Long story short---she will be 16 years old soon, and has suffered with arthritis for about three years now. We're tried other, more expensive meds, and the bottom line is, aspirin seems to give her the best results.
She's in fairly good health for her age and breed (Aussie/Border Collie cross, but she's old enough that I'm more concerned about keeping her comfortable than in prolonging her life. I too have suffered with severe arthritis for the past 30 years, and I don't want her to suffer unnecessarily.
BUT---since she really does have more good days than bad ones, I'm not realy to have her put down---I just want to know how to best manage her pain on those bad days. I know that my orthopedic doc has told me that I can safely take twice the recommended dosage of more NSAIDs, and I know that dogs shouldn't be given NSAIDs other than aspirin.
Can anyone out there advise me?