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Asprin for dogs is a safe form of medication to help reduce fever and to reduce pain. This type of medication is made for humans but it won’t have any ill effects for your dog. The main thing though is to make sure you give them the right dose of it. Too much can result in your dog becoming ill. Not enough won’t take care of the pain or the fever that they are experiencing.
The dose of asprin for dogs is 10 mg per pound of body weight. Therefore you need to have a very good idea of how much your pet weighs to give them an accurate dose. You don’t want to give the asprin more than twice in a 24 hour period. When you use this type of medication, avoid those pills that are coated. That coating can’t be digested in the body and then the asprin will likely be expelled from the body instead of being absorbed.
You can crush up the asprin and give it to your dog in food. You can also hide entire pills in cheese or other items that your dog will readily consume. Make sure you observe your dog to see that they do swallow it though instead of spitting the pill back out. Some dogs are quite clever that way, and then the owner assumes they have medication in their system but they don’t.
Giving a dog too high of a dose of asprin can result in kidney failure. This can come on very suddenly and even result in death if the situation isn’t resolved right away. Even if the dog can be treated, long term problems with the kidneys can be the result of this.
You don’t want to give your dog large doses of asprin for extended periods of time either. It should be only used occasionally. Otherwise the use of it can lead to ulcers developing in your dog. If your pet seems to have a constant need for such medication then you need to evaluate the situation. There is a good chance that you need to schedule an appointment with the vet. Chances are there is an underlying health problem that needs to be resolved.
Not all dogs take very well to asprin so you do want to pay close attention to how they reach to it. If they seem to be in pain it may not settle well in their stomach. If they are bleeding in their stools they may have ulcers that are aggravated or created by the asprin. Signs of depression or loss of appetite are negative side effects and so you will want to discontinue offering it to your dog if they exhibit these symptoms.
Make sure your don’t give your dog asprin on an empty stomach though. This can be very upsetting for them internally and as a result they will vomit. When the asprin comes back up it won’t serve the intended purpose. It will also leave a very foul taste and smell in the mouth of your dog.