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.
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:
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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