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Giving dog painkillers?
Aug 2nd, 2006 at 8:32am
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Hello...this is my first time on this site.  I was wondering if someone could tell me if there is any type of over the counter painkiller/anti-inflammatory that is okay to give to dogs.  Something that would be the equivalent of Advil for people.  I have a 50 pound Airedale.  Thanks for your time!  Grin
  
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Reply #1 - Aug 2nd, 2006 at 1:18pm
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Yes, you can give your dog Aspirin 1 to 2 times day. Just be absolutely sure that it is Aspirin and not Tylenol, Advil or any other type of drug. Call your vet for a dose.
  
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Reply #2 - Aug 2nd, 2006 at 2:17pm
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Be extremely careful to ONLY administer aspirin or any other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs WITH FOOD.  These drugs should NEVER be given on an empty stomach.  All NSAIDs can cause liver damage in dogs, so have your dog's blood tested at least every six months while on NSAIDs to check liver values and function.  If your dog should become inappetant, start drinking excessive amounts of water, vomiting, or if his stool or urine should change in terms of volume, frequency, consistency, or color, stop the NSAID immediately and have your dog examined by your vet.

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Reply #3 - Aug 2nd, 2006 at 10:56pm
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I would get something such as Ascriptin which is coated with Maalox to help prevent irritation the stomach.  But as Tempest said, be sure to give it with food.  I don't know the reason that you are wanting to give this medication..but if for relief of arthritis symptoms, be sure to give it at least 30 - 60 minutes prior to increased activity (such as a walk or play time) this will ensure the medication is in effect when it's really needed.
  

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Reply #4 - Aug 11th, 2006 at 5:00pm
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what are you trying to treat that the dog needs asprin?
  

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