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Answered 2015-06-24 11:25:00

Aspirin has the same problems in dogs that it has in people. It can cause gastrointestinal upsets and ulcers if the GI signs are ignored. It can cause renal failure if overdosed. It causes an increase in clotting time. This usually isn't a serious side effect but it does occur. Despite these shortcomings it has a lot of beneficial effects and it is inexpensive. The currently recommended dosage of aspirin varies a little from publication to publication but it is between 5 and 15mg/lb every 12 hours. Since there is a range I usually pick the middle of it and go for about 10mg/lb every 12 hours. This works well and seems to be pretty safe. That works out to an aspirin tablet per 32 pounds of body weight twice a day. I have to admit that I rarely advise giving more than 2 aspirin twice a day despite the fact that some big dogs could obviously take more based on the per pound calculation.

If your dog has chronic pain or inflammation, common aspirin can often be used to give your pet some relief. Since aspirin can cause some stomach problems, care should be used. It is wise to check with your vet before administering aspirin or any other medication.

Dogs are most commonly given aspirin for treatment of Arthritis and associated joint pain. There may be other situations where your dog is in pain, where aspirin may give relief.

Aspirin has good anti-inflammatory effects that reduces swelling. It can also reduce pain and fever. These effects will help make your dog more comfortable.

Note that a dog is not a human. Just because your dog "does not feel good" is not a reason to give it an aspirin. Usually, aspirin is given to relieve extreme conditions of discomfort. Also note that most vets prescribe Rimadyl as a better pain-killer and anti-inflammatory than aspirin.

Use caution:

You should use caution in administering any medication to a pet, because too much may be toxic, the medicine may not be tolerated, or it can cause an upset stomach or ulcers in the animal.

It can be toxic if given in high doses of about 30 mg per pound of the dog. This means that even baby aspirin could be poisonous for dogs weighing two pounds or less. An adult aspirin which is 320 mg. would be toxic for a 10-pound dog. To be sure that you are using the aspirin for the right reason and at the right dose, you should consult your veterinarian first.

Aspirin is poorly tolerated by young dogs, since they lack the enzymes necessary to process the aspirin. The same is true for most cats.

Aspirin can cause gastrointestinal upsets and ulcers in dogs, just as in humans. You should pay attention to your dog's eating habits when administering aspirin to watch for signs of an upset stomach. If there are any signs of ulcers, such as blood-tinged vomiting, it is important to stop the aspirin.

Giving the aspirin with food and using buffered aspirin is the best to prevent stomach problems.

I prefer to grind up the aspirin and put it in some food to make sure it does not irritate the stomach lining.

You should not give your dog such products as Tylenol as a substitute for real aspirin. Some people say their vet prescribed Tylenol, but most sources say it should not be given to animals.

Recommended Dosage:

Most veterinarians recommend between 5 mg and 10 mg per pound of the dog's weight every 12 hours. Going on the safe side, a recommended dosage of aspirin of about 5 mg/lb seems to work well for most dogs. If you are going to give more, it is a good idea to check with your vet. Also, note that a small dog should take less per pound. Enteric coated aspirin is not recommended in dogs because about half the time the coating isn't digested and the aspirin is excreted whole in the stool.

It is better to start off small and work your way up to the maximum. If the dog has relief with a smaller dosage, that is great.

A standard aspirin is 320 mg. A baby aspirin is typically 80 mg. That means that 5 mg/lb works out to be one baby aspirin per 16 pounds of body weight twice a day.

The following chart can be used as a guide. Note that this is notmedical advice.

Weight of dog in pounds Number of tablets each 12 hours mg 8 1/2 baby aspirin or less 40 mg 16 1 baby aspirin 80 mg 32 1/2 adult or 2 baby 160 mg 48 3/4 adult or 3 baby 240 mg 64 1 adult or 4 baby 320 mg 80 1 1/4 adult or 5 baby 400 mg 96 1 1/2 adult or 6 baby 480 mg.


The proper dosage of aspirin can give your dog relief from pain and inflammation. You should be aware of possible problems and know the proper dosage. It is good to check with a vet before giving any medication, and remember that dogs are not humans and don't need an aspirin for minor pains.
Yes, though with caution. The typical dog dosage for aspirin is 5-15 milligrams per pound every 12 hours. However, it has the same possible problems in dogs as in people, just as stomach upset, ulcers, and kidney failure. It is useless to give coated aspirin. Dogs typically cannot digest the coating, thus the aspirins are excreted whole.
Some vets say aspirin is bad for a dogs liver. I would call your vet and get their recommendation. This way you will know for sure and if it is ok then you can get the correct dosing information.
I wouldn't advise giving the dog asprin, There are painkillers designed for dogs/cats. There digestive system is different to ours and so by giving them asprin you may cause them harm. If you are desperate, give a half a tablet and watch the dogs behaviour. If his behaviour becomes abnormal, you may need his stomach pumped... Or for him to be made sick which would be messy and expensive.
Yes, dogs can have aspirin, but make sure it is buffered, and check with your vet for dosage. If it is for a chronic problem like arthritis, there are better alternates out there that are not as hard on their stomach.

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