Can You Give a Dog Aspirin?

Can you give your dog aspirin? Under the supervision of your vet, you can give your dog a specially formulated aspirin made specifically for dogs. Dogs over six months old can take a vet formulated, buffered aspirin for the relief of mild to moderate pain. Vet formulated aspirin is a safe and effective way to alleviate pain associated with common ailments in dogs. It is important not to give your dog human aspirin as it is too high a dosage and can lead to ulcers in your dog’s sensitive stomach. Make an appointment with your vet to discuss any medication your dog takes and always follow your vet’s dosage amounts.

Warning signs your dog may be in pain:

  • Becoming withdrawn.
  • Decreased activity level.
  • Changes in behavior.
  • Reluctance to climb stairs.
  • Reacting negatively to being held, touched or picked up.

If your dog is exhibiting any of these behaviors, make an appointment to see your vet. Pain management could help to improve your pet’s quality of life. Uncovering the root cause of your pet’s pain will help you and your vet develop a treatment plan that works for all of you. Your vet can explain the correct aspirin dosage for your dog’s age, weight and general health. If your pet is in mild to moderate pain, the use of a vet-formulated dog aspirin might be just what the doctor orders.