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Aspirin Can Be Used in Dogs and Usually Works Okay


Aspirin isn't the BEST medicine for arthritis but it CAN be effective.
At least for MINOR arthritis pain.

There are two HARD rules.

Never more than four days per week.
ALWAYS use a buffered aspirin, NOT an 'enteric coated' one.

Their intestines are too short to open the 'enteric coated' aspirin and without buffering, stomach upset can occur.

This is NOT a note about Tylenol, Ibuprofen or anything OTHER than straight-up aspirin so, make no mistake.

I prefer once-a-day dosing. If you think twice a day dosing is important, your dog is in need of better medicine.

A ten pounder can have HALF an 81mg 'baby' aspirin.
A 20-30 pounder can have HALF of an adult 325mg aspirin.
A 40+ pound dog can have a WHOLE adult 325mg aspirin.
A 60+ pounder can have 1 and 1/2 of an adult 325mg aspirin.
Anything over 70 pounds shouldn't really NEED two adult aspirins but give it a try. But that's the max.

If ANYTHING of the above seems unclear - DO NOT USE ASPIRIN.


If you use an enteric coated aspirin you need to whack it on the countertop and open the 'shell' for the dog to use it.

At left, an aspirin with proprietary dosing in a chewable format.
It's wise to give a dog a few days off each week for platelet quality and quantity.

Something else I found for my dog "Ajax" that's cool:

Sporn Dog Halter STOPS "pulling and tugging" NOW. (Link)

This is what I use now, with my dog Ajax. I used to use the Gentle Leader, but I didn't like including his face in the thing. Now, this just goes around his chest and he DOES NOT PULL ANY MORE. It's great! Amazon.com has it.

You can buy a fat bundle of 'wet wipes' with Cetaphil and I'd recommend it. They're great for cleaning healing wounds, dirty ears, cleansing around some eyes, under-tails, surgery sites, sores.

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