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Can Dogs/Cats Take Aspirin Safely?

Not without clearing it first with your vet, says Dr.Eric Barchus, DVM, a San Francisco- area veterinarian specializing in small animal medicine, surgery, and wellness. Aspirin is in a class of medications called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Like all NSAIDs, aspirin has the potential to cause side effects that range from mild upset stomach to liver failure, kidney failure, and fatal gastrointestinal ulceration.  Combined with other prescribed medications, the chance of these side effects intensifies. Besides this, aspirin is not a very effective pain reliever for dogs and cats.

Dr. Barchus recommends that if your pet is in pain, you should contact your veterinarian to figure out a safe pain management program.  Sometimes administering aspirin can actually make the situation worse.

Dr. Barcus writes the popular Dogster/Catster VetBlog, from which this warning is taken.  You can ask Dr. Barcus questions from his website.

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November 29, 2010 - Posted by | Cat Health, Dogs, Education

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