Aspirin and dogs

msbattAugust 6, 2007

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?

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cynthia_gw

Aspirin should be your last choice of NSAID not your only choice. Talk with your vet about Deramaxx or Metacam. Is your dog on glucosamine chondroiton? That can help to repair the cartilage. You can buy a human grade product or a brand specifically marketed for pets (Cosequin, Glycoflex.)

    Bookmark   August 6, 2007 at 11:18PM
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msbatt

My dog's been on Rymadal, then Metacam---yet plain ol' aspirin seems to give her the most relief.

Can you explain WHY aspirin should be my 'last' choice? Since, as I say, we're more concerned with day-to-day relief than long-term health issues?

    Bookmark   August 7, 2007 at 12:12AM
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labmomma

I used to use Ascripton on my old gal. It contains Maalox to help prevent stomach problems. Ask your vet the dosage. We also moved on to Deramax for the arthritis.

Best of luck to you.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2007 at 5:51AM
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cnvh

My mom gives her 16-year old arthritic border collie mix one BABY aspirin every morning, on a graham cracker with a little bit of peanut butter. Seems to have helped a lot-- on the rare morning where the dog doesn't get her aspirin, she's noticeably stiffer and slow to get around.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2007 at 12:24PM
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msbatt

Syd's been getting a full-sized aspirin stuck into a Vienna sausage every AM for a couple of months now, and recently I've also started giving her one every evening, too. She's shown no signs of gastric distress, but the aspirin no longer seems to be covering 12 hours of relief. (I understand this well---back when my arthritis was REALLY bad, I was taking two every 4 hours!)

Basically, I'm asking for in put from medical personell as to just how often I CAN give them to her. I'm NOT looking for suggestins about other forms of pain relief, just dosage info.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2007 at 8:52PM
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breenthumb

I needed this info for my DD too. We gave enteric coated aspirin to our 60lb. lab, but I couldn't remember the dose. Plus her dog is much bigger. I just googled aspirin for dogs and found this: You may want to do your own search.

Aspirin (dogs only)
Aspirin is ok for dogs, but not for cats. To reduce stomach irritation, use buffered aspirin or give aspirin at mealtime. For chronic arthritis pain, we have prescription drugs that are much safer and far more effective. Giving your dog aspirin more often than twice a week is a probably a bad idea.

Use 5 grain (325 mg) aspirin tablets.

A 60 to 80 lb dog may be given one tablet twice a day (every 12 hours) or 1/2 tablet three times a day (every eight hours). A 30 to 40 lb dog gets half as much; a 15 to 20 lb dog a quarter as much.

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    Bookmark   August 11, 2007 at 8:00PM
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wantoretire_did

Our 9 year old cockapoo is going in for surgery for a ruptured ligament in his rear knee on Tuesday AM. He's been on 1/2 a coated aspirin twice a day until then. Vet recommended Bufferin, but I don't think it's available any more. Zillions of anti-inflammatories but no Bufferin. He limps, but when the neighbor's cat came into the yard today, he was all running legs!!!!

    Bookmark   August 12, 2007 at 6:16PM
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wantoretire_did

Ooops - forgot to mention that he weighs around 40 lbs. Sorry

    Bookmark   August 13, 2007 at 6:00AM
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