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Aspirin and Advil for Pain Relief in Dogs

Apr 13, 2013

Caring dog owners whose furry friends suffer from pain caused by arthritis or other diseases of chronic inflammation ask what they can do to relieve pain for their pets.  Although not technically approved for veterinary use, Aspirin is typically used with dogs for short term pain relief, such as after surgery or a major injury.

Long-term use of most NSAIDs made for humans (like Tylenol, Aspirin and Advil) comes with side effects, and is not recommended by veterinarians.  These drugs can irritate the stomach and intestinal lining causing ulcers and inflammation. An overdose can cause renal (kidney) failure.  Sadly, Aspirin is the most common poison for dogs.  Puppies and cats, who metabolize salicylate much slower than mature dogs, have almost no tolerance for Aspirin, Advil or Tylenol and should NEVER be given these.  Salicylate is the active ingredient in these medications and, if overdosed, can cause gastrointestinal distress, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, black stools and lethargy.  In severe cases stomach or bowel perforation can result in bacterial infections in the abdomen.

Getting the dose right is essential preventing serious harm to your pet - and because Aspirin and Advil have never been approved for veterinary use, studies have not been performed to establish proper dosages.  Overdosing can be lethal.  Just two regular strength Aspirin can cause severe organ damage in medium size (30 pound) dogs. Some veterinarians and animal experts have posted dosage guidelines, typically 5-10mg per pound of your dog’s weight, given every 12 hours.   Dogs have trouble digesting coated aspirin, so give your dog aspirin with food if you want to help protect against stomach and intestinal irritation.

For short-term injuries, and for palliative care no longer than a week, this might be the best way to go. If you do choose to use Aspirin for your dog, start small and up the dosage if it doesn’t seem to be working.  A standard aspirin is 320 mg, and a baby aspirin is typically 80 mg.  That would mean your Chihuahua should only get half a baby aspirin, or 1/8 of an adult aspirin.  A Rottweiler, or another 60 pound dog, could get a full aspirin. However, Advil and Aspirin should not be used if your dog has arthritis or osteoarthritis since these have been shown to damage joint cartilage.

There are some NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) approved for veterinary use. However, if your pet will be on them for more than a short time, your vet will probably want to have the appropriate blood and urine testing done to ensure kidney and liver health.

Targeted Pulsed Electromagnetic Field technology is safe and drug-free option for long- and short-term pain control for your pet. tPEMF has been clinically demonstrated to dramatically reduce pain and swelling for dogs suffering from osteoarthritis and other inflammatory diseases.  In humans with osteoarthritis, PEMF therapy was shown to reduce pain to less than a third of what it was if left untreated.

PEMF therapy not only reduces pain and inflammation, but may also improve cartilage health and slow the progress of tissue degeneration.

With two 15 minute treatments a day with the Assisi Loop, dogs owners may find reduction or complete cessation of pain in their dogs, without any medication.  This applies to osteoarthritis, post-operative pain, degenerative joint and cartilage diseases and wound healing.  There are no side effects when using PEMF technologies and no drug interactions.

Click here to see more on NSAIDs, animal health, and how the Assisi Loop can provide pain relief with no side effects for your pets.

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Category: Dogs, Pain Relief, Arthritis

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