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What illness are you looking to treat with the aspirin?
Waht looks like to me is the leg/back pain
Has your vet discussed better / safer options?
no right now he told me that looking at the video i supplied him to look at he doesn't see that there is anything that bad...but she is clearly unconfortable at night...she can't get comfortable...so i thought if i give her some asprin it might help....she is seeing the vet on friday because i insisted on a visit....she only seems to be uncomfortable at night when she is trying to sleep
so that is why i made the video
I am going to list some thoughts for you to consider.
Regarding pain management in dogs, common options to consider include:1) NSAIDS (like ibuprofen - BUT SAFE FOR DOGS!)- Rimadyl (LINK HERE)- Deramaxx (LINK HERE)2) Tramadol (an opiod like morphine used in dogs) - LINK HEREUnfortunately these are prescription only, made only for dogs - but the reason they are used is that they are not only safe, but much more effective than over the counter options, as they are formulated to affect the pain pathway in dogs, but have a much lesser affect on the body’s other areas, the stomach, kidneys, and liver for example.There are a few reasons we do not use human pain medications in dogs:1) They are not as effective in controlling pain.2) They have more side effects in dogs - including stomach upset, stomach ulceration, and even organ issues such as kidney or liver. Aleve for example can cause kidney failure in dogs even at very low doses. They are extremely sensitive to many human drugs.3) They interact with veterinary drugs - meaning if you give aspirin for example, and then see your veterinarian tomorrow - if they want to prescribe a pain medication, they wont be able to prescribe a dog NSAID for a week or more for safety reasons. The reason is that steroids or the Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) listed above - when used together, cause not only stomach upset - but the risk is an ulcer or even perforation in the stomach or beginning of the small intestine!With that said, while most veterinarians do not like the use of human over the counter pain medications such as Tylenol (acetaminophen) or human ibuprofen, although some have good experience with aspirin (LINK HERE)A typical aspirin dose is 5 to 10 mg per pound (10 to 20 mg/kg) twice daily for dogs. However, it is important to note that aspirin should never be given if already on NSAIDS as above, or steroids such as prednisone.When using NSAIDS or aspirin, often Pepcid A/C (famotidine) LINK HERE is used as well to reduce the risk of stomach upset.The typical dose administered is 0.25 to 0.5 mg per pound (0.5 to 1.0 mg/kg) every 12 to 24 hoursI hope this information is helpful!If you have any follow-up questions - please do not hesitate to ask!Otherwise - please remember to click ACCEPT. If we have exited the chat session, you may click a “Happy Face” followed by “Submit”.Find me any time if needed: http://www.justanswer.com/veterinary/expert-criticalcarevetYou can always request me through my profile, bookmark my page for future help, or beginning your question with “For CriticalCareVet”
So is the asprin i am currently giving her bad for her....they said it had to be given to her bec she is taking tht lysodren
Yes - it can have side effects as listed above.
so do you think i should stop the asprin all together this week?
I would speak to your veterinarian about this for certain as there are much safer long term pain medications to consider.
so do you disagree that they told me she had to have the asprin due to taking the lysodren...?
If they are worried about clotting - that is much different than why you are asking your question.
I asked above why you are giving aspirin - and you indicated it was for pain.
yes...that is waht they said
Again - I asked above why you are giving aspirin - and you indicated it was for pain.
That is significantly different than its use for thrombosis.
yes......but since she developed this leg pain i though she needed something stronger....or a higher dose of asprin
That would not be the best.
And why the information above was listed.
ok...i will jsut have to wait for friday
I would speak to your vet about Tramadol
Which can be used with the other medications, even aspirin.
ok ...i thought i could jsut get her through theis week with a little more asprin to kill the pain...
Not the best/safest for sure
ok....then i will just have to wait until my visit
Yes - that would be the safest.
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