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Giving Your Dog Aspirin Using Synovi G4 and aspirin USA
 
Giving Your Dog Aspirin How many times a day should I give dog aspirin? USA
 
Resources Suggested animal health resource USA
 
General Suggested animal health resource USA
 
Resources Suggested animal health resource USA
 
General Dog's knees pop out of joint USA
 
Giving Your Dog Aspirin Can I give my dog 5 aspirins at once? USA
 
Giving Your Dog Aspirin Dog has gum pain and vet prescribed Tylenol Canada
 
Giving Your Dog Aspirin What is best for dog pain? USA
 
Giving Your Dog Aspirin Is a tablespoon of organic coconut oil sufficient? USA
 

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Using Synovi G4 and aspirin

Topic: Giving Your Dog Aspirin

Question

December 21, 2015

i have benn giving my 40 pound dog 2 lose dose aspirine i want to start giving her synoviG4 how long should i wait to start her her on this after taking low dose aspirin for about 5 days

karen - USA

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I assume that you have been giving your dog aspirin because she has been having some joint pain. Synovi G4 is a supplement that is supposed to help the joints. It does not work on all dogs, and it may take a while for it to take effect.

There should be no problem in using both. However, aspirin can cause stomach problems when used too much. It would be good to check with your vet to get a pain-killer that is safer.

Best wishes for your dog's good health.

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How many times a day should I give dog aspirin?

Topic: Giving Your Dog Aspirin

Question

November 13, 2015

My dog weighs 80 lbs according to the dosage chart above I can give him 400 mgs... How many times a day & how many hrs... apart ??

Tammy - USA

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You can give an 80 lb dog 400 mgs every 12 hours. That would be twice a day.

However, remember to give the aspirin with food. Also, aspirin should only be use to temporarily relive pain and not on a regular basis. It is better to use less and give less often.

Also, check with your vet if your dog has chronic pain.

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Suggested animal health resource

Topic: Resources

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September 23, 2015

Hi there -

I was just browsing around your site today reading through some of the great info on there, and I found a broken link.

On this page, http://www.school-for-champions.com/animalhealth/resources.htm, this link is not working:

http://www.fleabites.uk/

Also wanted to let you know about a sort-of replacement (it's about cats, not dogs) you might want to check out:

http://www.catological.com/cat-fleas

I think that it has a lot of useful info on the issue and how to treat it.

Either way I hope this helps and keep up the good work!

Thanks,

Leon - USA

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Thanks for letting me know about the broken link. I removed that reference.

Also, I added your resource on cat fleas to the page. I plan to add some other material on cat fleas. I know that if you have a dog and a cat, and the cat gets fleas, the dog is sure to get the critters too.

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Suggested animal health resource

Topic: General

Question

August 3, 2015

Hi there,

As a dog-owner myself, I am constantly struck by how little we are required to know before being entrusted with the life of an animal!

My work with EducatorLabs already has me curating resource guides as jump-offs for public knowledge. I am very excited to be building one on pet health and safety! Everyone knows about chocolate being dangerous for dogs, but there are so many other food items, chemicals and other risk factors that we all need to be careful about - particularly in these hot summer months!

I came across your site (here: http://www.school-for-champions.com/animalhealth/resources.htm#.VcAp5vmqqko) in my research, and I wanted to thank you for your dedication to dog health! I’d like to offer up some of my favorite sites encountered thus far in my research, in hopes that you’ll share them with your site’s audience and as such help me on my mission.

Pet Hiking Safety Tips
http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/dog-care/hiking-safety-tips

Keep Your Dog Safe In the Summer
http://www.cesarsway.com/dog-care/dog-health/How-to-Keep-Your-Dog-Safe-In-the-Summer

Dog Water Safety
http://pets.webmd.com/pets-water-safety

Dog Tip: Household Hazards, Poisons, and Safety
http://www.paw-rescue.org/PAW/PETTIPS/DogTip_HouseholdSafety.php

Dog Food Expose
https://www.rover.com/blog/dog-food-expose/

Dog Toys: How to Pick the Best & Safest
http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/dogs/tips/dog_toys.html

It’s our hope that this information is useful to you and, in turn, your site visitors. If that’s incorrect, please let me know in an email response and I will be sure to leave you off any future outreach.

Best,
Jasmine

Jasmine Dyoco | information@educatorlabs.org
http://educatorlabs.org/ | Cultivating. Connecting. Curating.
2054 Kildaire Farm Rd. #204 | Cary, NC | 27518

Jasmine - USA

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Thanks for the resources. I posted them at Animal Health Resources.

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Suggested animal health resource

Topic: Resources

Question

July 21, 2015

Hello,
I was browsing your website and noticed you have a curated list of resources here: http://www.school-for-champions.com/animalhealth/resources.htm
I found two other resources you can include on your list.
http://bebusinessed.com/resource-guides/cat/
http://www.treehouseanimals.org/site/DocServer/catcareguide.pdf
Both of these are basic guides BUT they helped us when our family received a 9 week old kitten from our neighbor. So I think other beginners would find these guides useful as well. You should check it out, and if you like it, you probably want to switch the links.
I know you are busy and probably get millions of emails a day, but I hope this one was helpful.
Cheers,

Sandra - USA

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Thanks for the suggested resources. I added them to Animal Health Resources.

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Dog's knees pop out of joint

Topic: General

Question

May 2, 2015

I have a 4.9 pound Chihuahua.. Her knees pop out of joint. She's 11 years old... I give her a quarter of a baby aspirin.. Not every day.. But when she really acts like it hurts... I always give it to her in food.. Am I hurting my baby?

Rhea - USA

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Just as some older humans have arthritic problems with their joint, so too can older dogs have such problems. It sounds like you are doing the right thing by the way you are giving the aspirin.

One thing you might try is to put an elastic bandage on the legs where the joints pop out. That could give her extra support. Of course, you have to make sure the bandage is not too tight to cut off circulation.

You might check with your vet to see if they have special elastic bandages for small dogs.

We all hate to see our pets in discomfort. Best wishes for her good health.

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Can I give my dog 5 aspirins at once?

Topic: Giving Your Dog Aspirin

Question

April 12, 2015

for an eighty pound dog the dosage given was5 baby aspirins in a 12 hour Time span. How much can you give at one time In a single dose?

Jean - USA

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Although some vets say you could give 5 baby aspirins at one time, it is much better to start off small and and spread them out to avoid adverse reactions.

I assume you want to give aspirin to relieve pain, such as from arthritis. Thus it is better to start with one on two baby aspirins to see how well they work, as well as if there is a reaction. Certainly, any aspirins should be given with food and water.

Aspirin should only be used as a temporary relief, such as if the dog is crying from pain, It should not be used as a regular routine, because it can result in stomach ulcers.

The best thing to do is to check with your vet, who may prescribe a different medication.

Best wishes for your dog's health and comfort.

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Dog has gum pain and vet prescribed Tylenol

Topic: Giving Your Dog Aspirin

Question

January 15, 2015

Please help me. I have a lab cross, weight 37 lbs, 14 yrs old has cancer, is on special cancer medication, but also has sore gums. My vet has told me that the view of giving 1/2 Tylenol to dogs has changed and it is now alright to give Tylenol. I have been giving her 1/2 Bayer regular aspirin sometimes every night, I ease back and she can manage doing without sometimes for a couple of nights. I have been putting Manuka gold honey on her gums and then put Myrrh 1/4 tsp mixed in a cup of water and apply to her gums with an eye dropper. I had a long talk with my vet today regarding Tylenol, I am very nervous to try this and feel I should just keep using regular aspirin. Your held would be very much appreciated. Is there a dog aspirin?

Virginia - Canada

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I'm sorry to hear that your dog is having these problem. But I like the idea of putting some natural ingredients on her gums for relief.

I've seen reports that small dosages of Tylenol may be OK for dogs, but care must be taken concerning other medication she receives.

Aspirin can cause stomach irritation, so care must be take to give only with food. It is often also used to reduce inflammation.

I'm not really keen on giving a dog pain relief medication on a regular basis, but between the two, I think aspirin would be the safer bet. Although your vet certainly knows your dog's condition more than me.

I hope that helps. Best wishes for her good health.



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What is best for dog pain?

Topic: Giving Your Dog Aspirin

Question

December 2, 2014

Wat is the best for dog pain I muscle ?

Edgar - USA

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In many cases of muscle strain in a dog, it is better to let it rest, as opposed to giving pain relief. Otherwise the dog may strain the muscle even more.

However, if you dog is crying when trying to walk, you can give baby aspirin with food to see if it helps. Also, it is good to check with a vet to make sure the problem is not serious.

Best wishes for good health for your dog.

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Is a tablespoon of organic coconut oil sufficient?

Topic: Giving Your Dog Aspirin

Question

May 20, 2014

Is there a preferred am't of food that protects the dog's stomach from irritation from aspirin? I like to give my dog her aspirin in a tablespoon of organic coconut oil, supposedly coats the stomach and actually kills H. Pylori. Is the coconut oil enough to coat the stomach?

Thanks for any help

Barb - USA

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Why not give the aspirin with your dog's meal? If you give aspirin more than once a day, give it with a dog biscuit or two. I don't think the tablespoon is enough.

Also, note that it is preferable to give aspiring only on occasion when your dog is showing discomfort.

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