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Is aspirin safe for dogs?

Species: Dog
Breed: Siberian Husky
Age: 5-8 years
I bought the excel enteric coated aspirin 81mg each for my 85lb husky. I don't know what the dose is. Can you help me? Thanks.




Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

In my opinion, aspirin is not safe to give to dogs unless you have the go ahead from your veterinarian.

Some dogs can get serious side effects from taking aspirin including:

  • Stomach ulcers

  • Bleeding problems

  • Kidney damage



Aspirin does not tend to be very effective in helping with pain. If a dog is painful enough to need medication then usually they need a prescription strength medication such as Metacam, Deramaxx, Previcox or Rimadyl.

Unfortunately there is no over the counter medicine for pain that I would consider safe to use in dogs.

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