PetMeds® Is Asprin Safe for Dogs?

This week we highlight questions asked by our PetMeds Facebook fans and answered by Dr. Dym.

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. 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.

  2. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMarch 18, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    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.

  3. My 11 year old Australian Cattle Dog hiked Mt. Washington with me yesterday, and we are both a little stiff and sore today. Would giving him asprin help relieve that? If so, how much would you recommend for a 40 pound dog?
    Thank you.

  4. My dog is a 198lb great dane who has arthritis in his back legs and sometimes requires a bit of assistance to get up. Is 1 tramadol ok twice a day. It does work for him so he can get rest, but I’m concerned if it is safe for an extended period of time.

  5. my dog cannot give jump up on the bed I’m thinking he pulled a muscle somewhere he is only 5 he weighs 54 lbs can I give him one asprin he is on tylan and sodium bromide for seizures

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