Aspirin is usually the first drug of choice for pain relief in dogs, especially if the pain originates from arthritis or joint damage. Aspirin is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) and shouldn't be combined with other NSAIDs.
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Aspirin comes buffered or with an enteric coating. Always buy buffered aspirin because your dog can't metabolise the enteric coating, which could cause an overdose.
You can give your dog a low-dose 81 milligram aspirin, or you can calculate 10 milligrams per 1 pound of body weight, given every 12 hours.
As a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), aspirin reduces inflammation and blocks some pain receptors.
Long-term use of any NSAID, including aspirin, can cause stomach ulcers, gastric bleeding, diarrhoea, vomiting and liver and kidney damage.
You can purchase low-dose dog aspirin at your vet or a pet store, but you can also use the children's or low-dose adult aspirin sold in drugstores.
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