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Suffering from hip joint pain, can I give her a baby

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suffering from hip joint pain, can I give her a baby aspirin?
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Dog is five named Tiffany a maltese.
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Dog?
Customer: She is a rescue dog, been treated badly, dropped, kicked, detreated disc in her back.
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

Yes, aspirin can be safely dosed at 10 mg/lb with food twice daily. A baby aspirin contains 81 mg. Acetaminophen is OK at 7 mg thrice daily but isn't antiinflammatory as is aspirin. You must avoid the toxic naproxen and ibuprofen in dogs. Consider, too, adding essential fatty acids to Tiffany's diet in the form of fish oil. The omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil are antiinflammatory - particularly EPA which can be dosed at 20 mg/lb daily. You should be able to find the amount of EPA on the label of your (human fish oil is OK) fish oil or on the manufacturer's website.

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