Administering aspirin to canines is a common practice among veterinarians, just as how humans take a pill to relieve symptoms of pain. But there are side effects to be aware of.
Dog Aspirin Side Effects
- The onset of stomach upset can result from aspirin intake without prior feeding.
- Dizzy spells or lethargy is another side effect from taking aspirin. Be wary of other behavioral changes such as aggression or unusual movements.
- Significant changes in weight and eating habits as manifested through refusal to eat or constant hunger and begging for food.
- Some dogs can develop allergies from aspirin intake.
Signs of Dog Aspirin Toxicity
- If huge doses of aspirin have been ingested by the dog, it could lead to aspirin poisoning.
- Common symptoms affecting the gastrointestinal system include abdominal pain, lack appetite, black stool and lethargy. Stomach ulcers are also common.
- Neurological signs of aspirin toxicity manifest through anxiety, uncoordinated movements and depression.
- Symptoms of extreme thirst and lighter color of urine can indicate acute kidney failure.
- Blood clotting that could prevent wounds from thoroughly healing.
Dog Aspirin Overdose Treatment
- Hospitalization for about five days is needed for a speedy recovery.
- The dog’s stomach may be pumped of its contents, especially if there are undigested pills that can be removed.
- Intravenous fluids may aid rehydration and stop signs of kidney failure.
- For stomach ulcerations, medications such as Cimetidine or Sucralfate can be given.
- To prevent poisoning to a dog that is required to take aspirin, opt for pills that come in specially enteric-coated variety and always administer with a full stomach.