White Willow Bark for Dogs

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White Willow Bark for Dogs
White willow bark can help dogs suffering from arthritis. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Bruce)

White willow is a tree found mainly in central and southern Europe. Its bark is used to make aspirin, and white willow bark is often used as a substitute for aspirin for dogs.

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Purpose

White willow bark is used as a pain reliever, anti-inflammatory, fever reducer and blood thinner, much like aspirin. It is often used to help dogs with arthritis.

Sources

Many veterinarians sell willow bark that is designated for dogs or can recommend their preferred supplements. A prescription is not required.

Dosage

The dosage depends on the size of the dog. Follow the instructions on the package or from your vet.

Effectiveness

White willow bark takes longer to be effective than aspirin, but the effects last longer.

Safety

White willow bark is safer and has fewer side effects than aspirin. However, people and other animals that can't have aspirin, such as cats, should not be given white willow bark without doctor or vet supervision.

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