In case of an emergency, it is okay to give aspirin to your pet. But it is not something that you want to do without the okay from a veterinarian. It is not something that you would want to give to your dog regular to help manage his pain. The same goes for any type of over-the-counter medication such as Tylenol or ibuprofen. It may seem like the easy way to take care of your pet and manage his pain, it could be doing him more harm than good. Even though it can save you money, it is not a recommended way to take care of your pet.
Tylenol can be given to your dog but not on a regular basis. Acetaminophen toxicity in dogs is a true condition that could make your dog very sick. During emergency situations it is completely okay to give your dog the recommended dose of Tylenol. However, you should contact your veterinarian first to make sure it is safe for your specific type of dog.
When it comes to aspirin, however, a vet may be more likely to say yes when you ask him/her if you should give it to your dog. You are going to get mixed answers depending on the type of veterinarian as well as the specific needs of your dog. The good news is there are a number of other pain medications that can be given to your dog without causing any harm to him. All of these medications should be prescribed by your veterinarian.
There are specific medications that are made just for dogs. NSAIDS such as carprofen, firocoxib, and tepoxalin, are all commonly prescribed medications to treat the pain in dogs. They do come with a few different side effects but are very rare. In some cases, NSAIDS can cause digestive, liver, or kidney problems. There are some signs that you can look for to make sure your dog is not having a severe reaction to NSAIDS. Watch out for:
- Changes in behavior
- Skin redness
- Loss of appetite
- Diarrhea and vomiting
While there are a number of other types of pain medications for dogs on the market, they are not commonly prescribed because NSAIDS have proven to be very effective. If your dog’s needs are urgent, your vet may give you the okay to give him a small dose of aspirin to ease his pain.
Regardless of what you decide to do it is always important to contact your vet before giving your pet any type of medication. You may have the best intentions at heart but it is always best to check with a medical professional before you do anything else.