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1- How old is your dog?
2- How much does he weigh?
3- How many milligrams of Buffered Aspirin and Tramadol are you giving and how often?
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Aspirin is not better than Tramadol, but different. You see, aspirin besides helping with pain it is also an anti inflammatory medication which helps with the inflammation seen with arthritis. Tramadol is only a pain killer, it is a better pain killer than aspirin but it needs to be used daily; using it occasionally may not be as good.
Aspirin should not be used long term, typically we only recommend short term (1 week) or your dog can develop gastrointestinal ulceration. A better option would be using a different type of non steroidal anti inflammatory like Rimadyl which is an excellent pain killer and anti inflammatory. She will need to be off aspirin for 1 week before starting Rimadyl, during the wash out period of aspirin you keep her on Tramadol daily.
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Friend, all non steroidal anti inflammatory will affect her liver including aspirin. So, the better option for her is to stay on Tramadol long term.
There are other non steroidal anti inflammatory like Previcox, metacam, etc. Or, you can discuss with your vet using a different class like Gabapentin. In addition, supplement with Cosequin (glucosamine) and/or give adequan injections.