Aspirin is a common analgesic to reduce fever and anti-inflammatory drugs derived from salicylic acid. The most common form of aspirin is a tablet. Enteric-coated aspirin is coated with a substance, such as calcium carbonate, in order to neutralize the acid and reduce discomfort in the dog’s stomach. Buffered Aspirin for dogs is the recommended form of aspirin to use in the treatment of a dog.
Although there are medications specifically intended for use in dogs, some human drugs can also be useful. Aspirin in buffer intended for arthritis in humans can also be effective in the treatment of pain and as an anti-inflammatory for dogs.
There are several different brands of aspirin with enteric coating, which share the same generic name of acetylsalicylic acid. Aspirin with enteric coating for human consumption include postoperative, Adscription, Arthricare, Bufferin and Palaprin. Some enteric-coated aspirin products are specifically intended for use in dogs, such as Drs. Foster and Smith Buffered canine aspirin.
The recommended dose of enteric-coated aspirin for a dog is 5 to 15 milligrams per kilo of body weight. You may give a lower dose than recommended, but you should not exceed this dose. Administer aspirin with enteric coverage every eight to 12 hours, as necessary unless otherwise provided by a licensed veterinarian.
The most serious side effects of aspirin are stomach ulcers or kidney damage. Side effects of ulcers include vomiting, lack of appetite or blood in the stool. Kidney damage is typically indicated by an increase or decrease in water consumption.
Do not administer arthritis-buffered aspirin for dogs that may be hypersensitive or allergic to it, and only administer it on the recommendation of a veterinarian. Do not use products that contain aspirin that contain additional ingredients, such as paracetamol, caffeine and codeine, as they can cause serious harm to dogs.
Buffered aspirin is an NSAID or a non-steroid anti-inflammatory drug that inhibits the production of COX2 enzymes that cause pain and inflammation. There are two types of COX enzymes, namely COX1 and COX2. While COX1 enzymes are beneficial and help maintain the mucous lining of the stomach, COX2 enzymes are not beneficial. Buffered aspirin is very effective as it only attacks the COX2 enzymes in the body.
Dosage And Types Of Buffered Aspirin
The buffered aspirin is available in tablet form and the recommended dose is 5 to 10 mg per pound of the dog’s weight administered every 8 to 12 hours. Some brands of buffered aspirin that are available are Ascriptin, Bufferin, Palaprin, Aftercare, Arthricare, Bayer and Drs. Foster and Smith buffered dog aspirin. The drug should be stored at room temperature and protected from moisture.
Side effects of buffered aspirin:
- Allergic reactions
- Kidney damage
- Loss of blood
- Loss of appetite
- Threw up
If your pet is given an overdose of aspirin, you should take it to the veterinarian immediately. Some of the symptoms of an overdose are depression, vomiting, bloody stools or vomiting, fever, loss of appetite, seizures, coma and even death.
The tablet should be administered orally with food, as it can cause stomach ulcers when administered on an empty stomach. The buffered aspirin should not be administered to dogs allergic to the drug and should not be used with caffeine, codeine or acetaminophen, as it can be fatal. Dogs with gastric ulcers, asthma or kidney disease should not receive buffered aspirin. If the dog needs surgery, it is important to discontinue the aspirin treatment one week in advance to avoid bleeding problems during or after surgery. The product is contraindicated in pregnant and lactating dogs and should not be used with other anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs. If your pet has other medications, muffled aspiration should only be given to your veterinarian after discussing the pros and cons.
The use of buffered aspirin is preferable to enteric-coated aspirin and is a cost effective and effective way to temporarily prevent your pet’s pain.