When treating animals, veterinarians often encounter the fact that their owners simply do not have the opportunity to purchase expensive modern drugs to treat their pets. Situations are even more common when breeders “take everything into their own hands” and begin to treat their doggie with the contents of their own first-aid kit. The standard medicine there is the notorious Aspirin. Can dogs be treated at all by giving them acetylsalicylic acid?
What can this drug be used for?
This medicine is one of the most popular painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs worldwide. Americans generally take this drug almost without exception, since it significantly reduces the risk of blood clots. We can say that this is one of the first drugs generally known to man. The fact is that the natural "Aspirin" is a decoction of willow bark, in which there is still the same acetylsalicylic acid.
In the case of a person, the use of Aspirin is considered to be practically safe (everything is good in moderation), but for the treatment of dogs, it is still more desirable to use non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugsspecially created for them (e.g. Rimadyl / Rimadyl®). This is especially important when your dog needs long-term treatment for some kind of inflammatory disease. Besides, Only experienced veterinarian should prescribe acetylsalicylic acid to dogstaking into account, inter alia, the incompatibility of this medicine with other drugs. For example, with the same non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
For dogs, its purpose is fraught with the development of internal bleeding and damage to the kidneys. It is better to use analogues that are safer for veterinary use as an analgesic and anti-inflammatory agent:
- Arthro-Ionx (Arthra). Safe, natural and effective medicine for treating arthritis, joint pain in dogs, and it is suitable for animals of all ages!
- Promaxol. A modern non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug for dogs with a minimal amount of side effects is very effective.
In no case and under any circumstances should not appoint the Aspirin cottage to the following categories of animals:
- Dogs for whom there is at least suspicion of ulcerative or erosive damage in the gastrointestinal tract.
- Animals with pathologies of the hematopoietic system.
- Von Willebrand disease.
- Liver or kidney disease.
- Vitamin K deficiency
Medication is never given to pregnant or nursing dogs and puppies. Moreover, in the latter case, the ban should be observed even more strictly, since in the digestive tract of babies there are simply no enzymes necessary for metabolizing this medicine. If the dog ate Aspirin “on a proactive basis”, having stumbled upon a package of the drug, immediately take it to the veterinarian. Only the urgent gastric lavage and shock doses of activated charcoal can save the dog’s life (but without any guarantees).
Varieties of acetylsalicylic acid that are sold in pharmacies
The most common and cheap are conventional Aspirin tablets, without a special coating. Sold in blisters of 10 pieces each. This type of drug is intended exclusively for the treatment of people. In dogs, such pills can easily cause intestinal bleeding and provoke the development of renal failure.
Coated tablets. This form of medicine is much more careful with the mucous membrane of the digestive system (in theory, anyway). Alas, the composition of the shell is selected so that it dissolves in the human stomach. In dogs, the protective film often does not completely disappear from the tablet, which minimizes the effectiveness of the drug. In addition, practicing veterinarians and even doctors admit that they did not notice the real difference between the two types of medicine described above.
Combined options. In this case, the composition of the drug includes not only acetylsalicylic acid, but also "buffer" compounds that soften the effect of salicylates on the mucous membranes of the digestive system. If you give the dog Aspirin, then this particular species. Such a drug will have the minimum possible irritating effect on the digestive tract. Unfortunately, this does not insure against the development of side effects in the form of renal failure.
Dosage and Precautions
We remind you once again that this drug can cause severe side effects. Never give Aspirin for dogs on your own, without first consulting your veterinarian. And it is better to use this medicine only in cases where there are no veterinary analogues within reach.
Per kilogram of dog’s live weight should be no more than 5 mg of the drug. Maximum feed rate - no more than twice a day. Keep in mind that acetylsalicylic acid tablets are different, and the content of the active substance there is also different. Carefully read what is written on the package, but rather entrust this matter to your veterinarian.
Under no circumstances should the Aspirin dosage for dogs exceed 50 mg per kilogram of live weight (in one go). In this case, problems can certainly not be avoided even with timely gastric lavage.