PetMeds® Is Asprin Safe for Dogs?

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Most healthy adult dogs can be given aspirin PetMeds Customer Question:  After running 3 to 4 miles my Rottweiler occasionally limps. Is it safe to give her aspirin?

In today’s economic tough times animal guardians are often looking for economic home alternatives to treat their lame or injured pets.  One of the oldest anti-inflammatories, also known as buffered aspirin can often be used in these situations.   While it is always best to check with your pet’s veterinarian, most healthy adult dogs can be given aspirin, as long as there is no history of bleeding, digestive tract, kidney or liver disorders and your pet is not on other anti inflammatory drugs (such as Prednisone or nonsteroidal anti inflammatory medications).

In geriatric pets it is always best to check with a veterinarian first. Doses of aspirin are typically 2.5 to 5 mg per pound once twice daily. When given with food on a short term, this can often alleviate minor injuries or limb pain.  Should limping persist for more than a few days, and/or symptoms intensify, a veterinary consultation is always recommended.  It is important for animal guardians to not use aspirin if their pet is vomiting, having diarrhea or not eating, because in such cases giving aspirin can often worsen these symptom states.

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  1. I am supporting a Marine in Afghanistan, who is a dog handler. I send regular care boxes to him and the dog. Page is a Yellow Lab, and her job is bomb sniffing. My Marine has requested a few items for the dog, and I am not sure how to get them. He needs:
    1. 18 guage syringes and catheters
    2. IV Bags 1000cc or 500cc with lactated ringers
    Do you know how I could get them donated or buy them? In the summer the daytime temperature is 125 to 140, and night are never lower then 100. Thank you for any information you can give.

    • Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMarch 1, 2011 at 6:33 pm · Reply

      You msy want to check with KV vet supply which you can google on line for fluid supplies. You will need a script from your local vet. Also can check Brico supply as well.

      • Hello Dr. Dym, thanks for this information. I read your reply to Judi and I realized that I am paying double for these IV solutions from my Vet. I ordered through KV and they have free shipping too so I am now saving money. Thanks again for your help!

  2. Giving aspirin to dogs is kinda a common remedy to dog pain. Its good to be informed with the proper precautions before doing so.

  3. I just adopted a two year old golden retiver andgreat dane mix. She has a bbacterial infection and she’s running a slight fever and a runny noise the vet put her on clavamox is it safe to give her baby asprin .thank u

    • Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianNovember 10, 2012 at 11:37 pm · Reply

      Baby aspirin is usually ok to give for a short few days but I would check with your vet as well.

  4. Our West Highland Terrier has limped using one hind leg since she came in after she ate last night. She has refused food and has not urinated since 4 am, (It is a little past noon now). What could the problem be?

    • Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMarch 30, 2013 at 8:44 pm · Reply

      Many possibilities from soft tissue injury to orthopedic issue to torn ACL of back knee. IF loss of appetite persists, best to see vet for full exam and workup.

  5. I have a 10 y/o boxer. His back legs are stiff with arthritis. I have tried asprin, 300mg, twice a day and he is now on Rimadyl, 100mg, twice a day (stopped the asprin). I haven’t really seen much change with either. I was considering yucca drops. Is yucca ok for long term?

    • Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianApril 1, 2013 at 10:23 pm · Reply

      Yucca is fine to try as are omega 3 fatty acids like be well and antioxidant supplements like proanthozone from 1800petmeds. Also consider consulting with holistic vet for chiropractic and/or acupuncture http://www.AHVMA.org

      • Is there a limit on how much omega 3 fatty acids they can have per day? Also, how important is L-cystine for this problem?

        • Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianApril 8, 2013 at 1:39 am · Reply

          Dose of omega 3 would depend upon weight of dog. I have no experience with using L-cystine for clinical disease in dogs.

  6. Are there contraindications for Metacam and Mometamax? My schnauzer has infections in both ears and I would like to ease her pain for the first day or two. Any problem giving her the Metacam after instilling the ear drops?

    • Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 2, 2013 at 9:52 pm · Reply

      Best to have ear canals examined vet before administering mometamax as if ear drums not intact, then can be dangerous to use. As for metacam, should not be a problem unless your pet has history of digestive upset or liver/kidney issue. If metacam used long term, then best to have blood work checked at vet.

  7. My two year old German shepherd came in from playing outside with a limp, and it has become progressively worse as the night has gone on. Is it safe for me to give her an aspirin for the pain? Should I wait until the morning to see if it gets any better? Thanks!!

    • Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianNovember 28, 2013 at 8:31 pm · Reply

      I would wait till morning and if no help then see vet for evaluation. Also consider traumeel from 1800petmeds, as well as you can get this from local health food store.

  8. My dog got sick overnight is hunched but eats… normally very energetic… was in pain. He is about 12lbs, gave half baby aspirin. Watching him closely. Any advice ?

    Thank you

    • Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianDecember 15, 2013 at 8:10 pm · Reply

      I would not give any more baby aspirin which can sometimes cause stomach upset. Best to see vet for exam and evaluation if signs persist.

  9. My 10 yr old Irish Setter is limping. She’s currently taking Ivomec1% for an infestation of mites. We have a prescription of Metacam from a former limping episode. Is there any problem giving both?

    • Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMarch 27, 2014 at 10:25 pm · Reply

      Should not be a problem with metacam and ivermectin, however I would make sure you are under care of your local vet while treating.

  10. is asprin plus Glucosamine ok for dogs

  11. Hi I have a West Highland Terrier, about 11-13 years old. She’s been moving more slowly lately, but since last night she’s been limping and it’s gotten worse today. We checked her leg, and there was some sort of growth on it that when pressed she really doesn’t like – growls a bit and shifts around to avoid it – but this limping is a really recent development so I’m not sure what it means.

    I’ve been thinking about giving her baby Aspirin (about 2.5 mg/lb of body weight – so about 50 mg), but am not sure if this will actually help much as i’ve read that giving painkillers can just mask a larger problem if a dog has one. On the other hand I don’t want her to be in pain.

    It’s Saturday, and the vet we usually go to is closed until Tuesday (!!). Don’t want to wait that long, but don’t really have another choice.

    Any help or advice would be enormously appreciated.

    • Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMarch 18, 2015 at 1:36 pm · Reply

      Sorry to get to this so far out, but in situation like this, always best to see veterinarian with pet this age, as lots of possibilities here, and a proper diagnosis is essential for the right medical management of such a case.

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