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My Italian hound has been diagnosed with congestive heart

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Hi, my Ital***** ***** hound has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure. She is getting Vetmedin and lacixs. I want to know if I can give her a 1/4 of an 81mg aspirin. She was a rescue so I'm not sure how old she is; 10 - 15 yrs? She weighs about 15 lb Vetmedin dose is 1&1/2 of 1.25 mg 2x a day. The furosemide is 12.5 mg once a day.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I suspect that you're interested in preventing thromboembolism in your heart patient. The ideal aspirin dose, if any, for prevention of thromboembolism in dogs in unknown. Commonly, dosages of 0.25 - 0.5 mg/lb once daily are recommended but some recommend up to 5 mg/lb daily. A 15 lb dog, then, could receive as little as 5 mg of aspirin daily or as much as 75 mg daily. We don't have studies showing that any dose of aspirin is able to prevent thromboembolism. It's a safe drug but should be given with food in an attempt to avoid gastrointestinal distress. Yes, it can be given along with her other drugs.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Ava Doodle. How is everything going?
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