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Giving Your Dog Aspirin Information very useful USA
Giving Your Dog Aspirin Giving aspirin and sufla drug USA
Aspirin Old beagle getting seizures USA
Giving Your Dog Aspirin Dog has ear infection UK
Dogs Two dogs bit her dog USA
Giving Your Dog Aspirin Young dog suddenly sick USA
Animal Ages Wants permission about animal ages Brazil
Giving Your Dog Aspirin Old dog is having trouble going up stairs West Indies
Giving Your Dog Aspirin Dog has anenia and arthritis UK
Glaucoma in Pets Is cryosurgery an option for my dog? USA

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Information very useful

Topic: Giving Your Dog Aspirin


December 23, 2011

at a time when the vet isn't available, this was great info to have access to. my little terrier mix jumped off a chair and hurt her paw.
this helped her to get some relief, 'til we could get in to see the
vet. thanks for the help!! C

c - USA



I'm glad the information was useful to you.

Best wishes for your dog's speedy recovery.

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Giving aspirin and sufla drug

Topic: Giving Your Dog Aspirin


December 22, 2011

Is it safe to give my collie her baby aspirin eachday with sulfa? She has a UTI and is taking sulfa for it.She is also on a baby aspirin a day for arthritis in her back end. Thanks so much. Terri Owens

Terri - USA



Although I don't think there is a problem with taking aspirin and sulfa, I would wait until you are through giving the sulfa before giving your dog aspirin again.

Also, it would be a good way to check if the aspirin really helped her that much.

Of course, always give aspirin with food.

Best wishes for your dog's good health.

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Old beagle getting seizures

Topic: Aspirin


November 5, 2011

I have a roughly 13 year old beagle that is nearly 20 lbs. His weight, height, etc are great but he was a rescue dog that was thrown down a flight of stairs by his previous owners. Both back legs were broken and the owners did not seek medical help so his legs healed as they were. They are slightly bent (permanently). He walks great, runs even better and according to the vet he is in great health. Lately though he has started waking up with one side of his body stiff and the other side trying to compensate and exerts all his energy in trying to stand. His head also is stuck to one side. His front legs extend out with his toes spread apart. He doesn't yelp, but it is very painful to see him in such discomfort. We have massaged his muscles (this worked the first time), but today its been nearly 2 hours with him laying down on a blanket stiff as a board on one side. Is this arthritis? Sezures? Advice?

Thank you...

Marie - USA



Some people are just terrible. They do not deserve pets (or children) by their poor behavior. I'm glad your dog now has some caring owners.

At 13-years old, he may be getting arthritis. However, his symptoms sound more serious that that. It would be good to check with your vet. At the very least, the vet can prescribe some pain relievers.

For short-term relief, see Giving Your Dog Aspirin.

Best wishes for your dog's recovery.

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Dog has ear infection

Topic: Giving Your Dog Aspirin


August 26, 2011

Hi there,

My dog has allergies to beef produce and Gluten (I think), so I normally keep her on a restricted diet as allergy testing can be expensive.

She has eaten something recently whilst my brother looked after her and as a result has an ear infection again (same as every other time) the ear goes red and also her paws itch.

I have given her 10mg of cetrizine Hydrochloride per day for the past two days and this seems to stop the itching.

She is 32 KG, is it ok to give her 1 asprin and per day for a couple of weeks or so? would this reduce the inflamation and get her back to normal?

Each time I go to the vet they give her anti-biotics, anti-inflamatories and anti-histamines so would the above be similar?

Is there anything else I could give her?

The vet is expensive and I cannot afford it, they won't perscribe without seeing her but I don't have the money for this...I know what is wrong with her as it is the same every time she strays from her diet.

Thank you in advance

Rebecca - UK



I'm sorry to hear your dog has problems. It is difficult to determine what a dog (or a person) is allergic to.

Ear infections are often caused by hairs in the ears or excess wax buildup. If your dog is prone to ear infections, it is a good idea to carefully trim the hair in her ears and to check for smelly wax buildup. You can clean out much of the wax with a cloth and warm water. If you use a Que-tip, you must be careful not to stick it into the ear and cause damage to the eardrum.

I don't recommend using aspirin, except to give temporary relief from pain. Giving aspirin for a couple of weeks could result in stomach problems.

I often wonder if giving antibiotics, antihistamines, etc, can result in more problems that they help, since dogs can build up a resistance to them.

I hope these ideas help. Best withes on relief from her problems and good health for your dog.

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Two dogs bit her dog

Topic: Dogs


August 12, 2011

My dog was protecting her yard and she confronted another dog. They got in a fight and a third dog attacked her from the rear. She has a few puncture wounds on the inside of her rear upper thigh. What should I do for them? She keeps licking them so I put band aids over them.

Wendy - USA



I'm sorry to hear that your dog was injured. The big thing to watch for is infections from the dog bites. The expression "licking your wounds" also applies to dogs. Licking the wound can actually help the healing process. But still, you should clean the woulds thoroughly.

If they start to look infected, then you had better bring your dog to the vet.

Of course the people who owned the others dogs should not have let them running loose. If there are vet bills for the injuries, those owners are liable for them.

Best wishes on a good recovery for your dog.

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Young dog suddenly sick

Topic: Giving Your Dog Aspirin


July 17, 2011

My dog just turned 1 yesterday, in the morning everything was fine, we went to a baseball game and he seems like he is 80 years old! Needs to be carried up and down the stairs, won't poop or pee. wants to sleep 24/7. 17 lbs, male, and his brother is 14 lbs male... best of buds and nothing is wrong with him??? Dexter is Hot to the touch, gave him a 81 mg asprin at 10 AM and at 6 PM he is back to being a 90 year old man?? I will say that after 45 minutes this morning he showed signs of life, ate, drank water, went up and down stairs to go Pee outside and now nothing?? When can I give him another asprin??? do I need to wait till 12 hours????

Rodney - USA



If your dog is ill, giving aspirin isn't the solution. He could have eaten something that made him sick or caught a bug of some sort.

If he is getting back to normal, that is good. Drinking water is important to clean out the system. Also, it is good to give some easy-to-disgest food like boiled chicken (not fried) mixed with rice.

If he stays sick for a couple of days, you should bring him to the vet.

Best wishes on your dog getting well again.

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Wants permission about animal ages

Topic: Animal Ages


July 13, 2011

hi, My name is Luciana, i am a veterinarian from Brazil. I would like to translate yours charts about ages from animals to publish in one text about animal geriatric on my web page. Of course the credits and the link for your webpage will be there.
Thanks for your attention!
web page: (under construction)

Luciana - Brazil



Yes, you have permission to translate and publish our animal age charts on your website, along with a link to our site.

Best wishes in your website and veterinarian practice.

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Old dog is having trouble going up stairs

Topic: Giving Your Dog Aspirin


July 8, 2011

I have a pompek/maltese mixed dog. He is 17 years old and seems to have problems standing on his hind legs or climbing stairs. He seems to "dwaddle" when he is walking. I have taken him to the vet but was told that this is natural because he is old. What can I do to relieve some of his problems?

Ann Marie - West Indies



Your dog is equivalent to a human that is about 85 years old. Often the muscles and joints don't work too well in old age. However, it is good to take him on walks in order to keep his muscle fairly strong. But you should help him up the stair and similar activities. When our dog got that old, we had to lift her into the car.

Unless he is in obvious pain, giving aspirin will not really help his condition. Also, with a small dog, you need to be careful in the amount of aspirin, as well as to only give with food.

The best thing to do is just to help the old fellow when he has some difficulties.

Best wishes for your dog.

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Dog has anenia and arthritis

Topic: Giving Your Dog Aspirin


July 5, 2011

Hi there....our cross breed rescue bitch is about 11/12 years old and is now suffering a bit with arthritus and is reluctant to go on even the smallest walk...a couple of years ago she was diagnosed with degenerative aenemea and has half of a 5mg Prednacare (steroid), thats 2.5mg, every other day and this is keeping the problem under control. My question is do you think it wisw to administer about 150mg of aspirin each day (she weighs about 16kg) to help her with the arthritis...look forward to receiving your comments...many thanks...regards...Fred

Fred - UK



If you dog suffers from anemia, it is not recommended to give her aspirin, which can cause some intestinal bleeding. You should check with your veterinarian to see what is a safe medication to give relief from her arthritis.

Best wishes for your dog's good health.

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Is cryosurgery an option for my dog?

Topic: Glaucoma in Pets


April 7, 2011

My rescue dog, a 9 yr old Boston Terrier is blind in one eye, due to trauma (she was an abused dog). The other eye has develeped chronic glaucoma after surgery to remove a cateract. Eye drops, worked at first, but now they are failing. I am seriously considering CRYOSURGERY (freezing of the cells that are causing the high pressure). I am told the success rate is about 80%. Surgery is expensive, but the current regiment of three different eye drops is expensive. She may only need one type of eye drops after the surgery. Do you agree with the info I have been provided?

Mona - USA



I'm sorry to hear your dog has glaucoma. Eye drops can be expensive and only seem to work for a few years at most. The following website gives some information on Canine Glaucoma Treatment.

I don't know whether the 80% success rate is correct or not. It would be good to call some other vets to see what they say. Also, see if veterinary college in your area.

When our dog went blind from glaucoma, we ended up having her eyes removed instead of continuing with the drops. Also, it prevented injury and infection to the blind, exposed eyeball.

It is a tough decision. Best wishes for solving the problem and for the good health of your dog.

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