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My Golden Retriever, 12.5 yrs. has been on Ascripton few

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My Golden Retriever, 12.5 yrs. has been on Ascripton for a few months. I didn't realize it was out dated, and no longer manufactured. She has been getting 2 tablets per day for a couple of months, and it has definitely helped her with stiffness, and pain.
What is used in place of Ascripton?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 1 year ago.

Hello and welcome,

This is just a quick note to let you know that I am locked on to your question and am working on it now.

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Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 1 year ago.

Hello again and thanks for waiting.

I have worked out an answer for you ...

1. Ascripton is basically just buffered aspirin and there is no reason why you cannot use regular aspirin in it's place.

2. Aspirin is sometimes prescribed for dogs for pain relief and it's anti-inflammatory effect and is regarded as safe as compared to the vast majority of the other over the counter human pain killers / anti-inflammatory meds such as Tylenol { acetaminophen } or Ibuprofen for example all of which should be avoided because of many reports of side effects and toxicity issues in the dog.

3. A typical dose rate for aspirin in the dog would be 5 mg per pound of your dog's body weight given twice daily. The judgement whether to dose with aspirin is of course up to you but here is a link to an accurate web page with all the facts you might need including contraindications : LINK

I hope I have covered your question fully enough but if you would like further clarification or to talk things over a bit more then I will be on-line for the next hour or so and I will be more than pleased to continue working with you.

Regards,

Dr Scott

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