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Aspirin For Dogs

Aspirin For Dogs

Aspirin For Dogs Is The Best Choice For Joint Pain Relief

2a-153x300What is Aspirin?

Aspirin is a drug with significant analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. In fact it is one of the most widely used pain relieving and inflammation restricting drugs beside ibuprofen. How aspirin works? Your first question would naturally be. Aspirin inhibits a body enzyme called cyclo-oxgenase or COX. This enzyme is essential for the production of several mediators of pain and inflammation. When this enzyme is inhibited, the production of these mediators as well as pain and swelling abates.

Uses of aspirin:

Aspirin is an effective drug to cure a lot of complications that your canine might face. Aspirin can be used in following conditions:

  • Aspirin, as mentioned before, can suppress the production of mediators of inflammation. So, it can be used to restrict several infections.
  • Aspirin suppresses the pain associates with injury or inflammation.
  • It helps relieve conditions like fever.
  • One of the most important uses of aspirin is in the management of joint disorders like arthritis. Arthritis is actually nothing but the inflammation of joints. When the joints wear off, they trigger an intense inflammatory response at the site of infection. The mediators of inflammation, thus released, initiate episodes of intense pain. This is what makes arthritis such a serious complication for dogs because it leaves the dogs practically handicapped- unable to do even routine activities. Aspirin inhibits these episodes of excruciating pain by inhibiting the synthesis of inflammatory substances.

Observe caution:

However, you should avoid self medicating your dog. You should always use aspirin after the recommendation of your vet. Overzealous treatment with aspirin can give rise to several complications like:

  • Increased tendency to bleed because it is an irreversible inhibitor of platelet aggregation (essential for clotting).
  • Aspirin has especially got negative impacts on the gut motility and can induce blood tinged vomiting.
  • It can trigger the production of gastric or duodenal ulcers.
  • It is particularly dangerous when used in pregnancy because of its tendency to induce bleeding.

Recommended dosage:

The key to use aspirin is to start off with small doses and then move on to higher dosages. If your dog shows progress with small dosages then there is no point in using larger doses because it’ll do more harm than good- it’ll increase the chances of toxicity.

Most of the veterinary doctors recommend 5-10 mg per pound of dog’s weight for 12 hours. A chart explaining dosages is as following:

Weight of dog (lbs) Tablets (per 12 hours) Amount (mg)
8 ½ baby aspirin* 40
16 1 baby aspirin 80
32 ½ adult** or 2 baby aspirins 160
48 ¾ adult or 3 baby aspirins 240
64 1 adult or 4 baby aspirins. 320
80 1 ¼ adult or 5 baby aspirins 400
96 1 ½ adult or 6 baby aspirins 480

*1 baby aspirin is equal to 80 mg.

**1 adult aspirin is equal to 320 mg.

The best way to use aspirin:

The main use of aspirin regarding joints is in the management of arthritis. So, the best way to use aspirin is to combine with some natural joint supplement which contains natural ingredients like MSM and glucosamine.

P&B’s Hip and Joint support has been a favorite combination for many pet owners in combination with aspirin to support hip and joints, while relieving their dog from pain. We recommend you give our supplement a try, but always consult with your veterinarian if you have any question or concerns before administering any supplements.