Can Dogs Have Aspirin?

Aspirin can be beneficial for dog pain relief, but there are side effects. As with humans, aspirin doesn’t mix well with other drugs and can lead to serious gastrointestinal problems and life-threatening conditions. Therefore, it is important to monitor your dog’s aspirin intake and observe any symptoms of GI problems. If you’re worried that your dog is experiencing any of these symptoms, consider seeking medical attention.

Aspirin has been shown to help reduce the risk of certain types of cancers in humans. If given to dogs, it should be administered only under veterinary supervision. It is not recommended to give it to dogs who already have Von Willebrand disease. The drug can cause internal bleeding from ulcers, intestines, or any other part of the digestive tract. In rare cases, it can lead to a hemorrhagic stroke, a type of bleeding inside the brain. A study from 2018 showed that aspirin users had a higher risk of hemorrhage than placebo users.

Aspirin is best used in small doses. For dogs that weigh less than 5 pounds, half of a baby aspirin tablet can be administered. For dogs weighing between five to 10 pounds, you can give one baby aspirin tablet, while for dogs weighing more than twenty pounds, a half-or-full aspirin tablet may be enough. Always consult with your veterinarian before giving your dog aspirin.