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We have a 10 lbs. toy poodle with teeth problem is asprin a

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We have a 10 lbs. toy poodle with teeth problem is asprin a good pain relief for her, is it safe and how much? Thanks
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 4 years ago.
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Is she on any other medication at this time or in the past 2 weeks?

Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 4 years ago.
Regarding pain management in dogs, common options to consider include:

1) NSAIDS (like ibuprofen - BUT SAFE FOR DOGS!)
- Rimadyl (LINK HERE)
- Deramaxx (LINK HERE)
- Meloxicam (LINK HERE)

2) Tramadol (an opiod like morphine used in dogs) - LINK HERE

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.

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.

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 hours

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