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Can I give my 7lb Chihuahua a baby aspirin

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Can I give my 7lb Chihuahua a baby aspirin?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 6 years ago.

Aspirin is the only safe over the counter pain med in dogs as long as she is not on any other steroids or anti-inflammatory meds (like Rimadyl, Metacam, Deramaxx).

The dose of Aspirin is 5 mg per lb every 12-24 hours as needed. In a 7 lb dog, you can give 1/2 of a buffered baby aspirin as they are 81 mg.

I hope this helps.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Do I just cut the buffered baby aspirin in half?
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 6 years ago.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
One last question what quantity of Benedryl is safe to give a 7lb chihuahua?
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 6 years ago.
The Benadryl dose in dogs is 1-2 mg per lb every 6-8 hours.

In a 7 lb dog, you could pick up the children's liquid and give 1/2 teaspoon.
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