Can I give my pets aspirin?

May 12, 2014 in Aerowood Animal Hospital

Some vets prescribe aspirin for cases under their supervision, but we’re not fans of the practice. Dogs have increased sensitivity to the gastrointestinal side effects of aspirin: pain, bleeding, and ulceration. In pets, aspirin interacts with several drugs pets might also be taking such as cortisones, digoxin, some antibiotics, Phenobarbital, and Lasix. Aspirin may cause birth defects in pregnant animals. People also sometimes lump all headache medicine together in their minds: aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen. This can be a big problem because pain medicine containing acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) is very toxic and potentially fatal to dogs and cats.



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