Is it ok to give baby aspirin to a dog?
on Jun 18th 2008
in Health & Wellness
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Yes, but you don't have to use "baby" aspirin. Baby aspirin is plain ole aspirin. You just need to watch the dosage. Common dosages for dogs is 5mg - 10mg per 10lbs of weight.
Be sure to contact your vet before giving your dog any aspirin.
Sedona answered on 6/18/08. Helpful? / 0
Not without the OK of a vet.
Gray Dawn Treader answered on 6/18/08. Helpful? / 0
Yes, it is safe to give Aspirin to dogs.
Aspirin is pretty frequently used to treat pain resulting from minor injuries, arthritis, and joint pain. It also has anti-inflammatory effects to reduce swelling.
Aspirin can cause stomach upsets and ulcers in dogs and should never be used for any prolonged periods, especially not without veterinary supervision. It should be used only when necessary and not frequently. Always give it with food and use buffered Aspirin, to prevent stomach issues.
Aspirin dosage is determined by the dog's body weight and milligram dosage of Aspirin. It's 5mg for each pound of body weight, so -
16lbs dog - 40mg Aspirin, which equals 1 baby Aspirin.
"Baby" Aspirin are just low-dosage tablets. If you have a large breed dog, you can also use adult Aspirin. Example 64lbs dog would take 320mg of Aspirin, or one adult Aspirin tablet.
Abby answered on 6/18/08. Helpful? / 0
This thread concerns me because the answers are contradictory. One of the answers says the ratio is 5 mg aspirin per TEN lbs, and then another one says the ratio is 5 mg aspirin per ONE lb. I think the best answer is to call the vet and ask them for the right dosage depending on the dog. Better to be safe than sorry when medicating your pets!