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Giving Your Dog Aspirin Doberman hurt her leg USA
Giving Your Dog Aspirin Is is safe to use Tramadol long term? USA
Giving Your Dog Aspirin Large Boucheron getting old France
Glaucoma Dog getting eyes removed USA
General My old chihuahua gags a lot USA
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

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Doberman hurt her leg

Topic: Giving Your Dog Aspirin


August 28, 2016

My Doberman weighs 76lbs lbs. she is hurting with her hind leg. May I give her a aspirin? If so how much.
Thank you for you time.

Christine - USA



I am sorry to hear that your dog has a sore leg. If she is really in pain and, you could give her an aspirin to help relieve the pain. But be sure to give the aspirin with food.

Also, make sure it isn't a serious injury. A simple sprain can heal quickly, but a torn ligament would require a vet to look at it.

Do not give the aspirin more than a day or two. Hopefully, she will be back to normal by then.

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Is is safe to use Tramadol long term?

Topic: Giving Your Dog Aspirin


June 30, 2016

Hi, I took my dog to the ver after he ran and aggravated his arthritis and could hardly walk at all. The vet said aspirin was good and also assed Tramadol. She said if it works we can use it long term. Everything I see on the internet says do not use it long term. She said that stopping it when he feels better will only result in recurring pain. My question is, how long can I use it safely? I am giving him a glucosamine supplement that could take some time to work. Do you have an opinion on this?

Mary Jane - USA



One thing that can help a dog with mild arthritis is to keep the dog's weight down. Glucosamine may sometimes help the joints, but it doesn't seem to work that well.

Aspirin can give temporary relief by reducing swelling and pain in an aggravated joint. But long term use can cause stomach bleeding. Likewise, Tramadol can be effective in reducing your dog's pain. But also, long term use can cause kidney problems.

Once the extreme pain from the aggravation of the joint has been relieved, it is good to slowly do a warm-up before exercising your dog. It is just like a human with arthritis needs a warm-up before jogging.

A little discomfort isn't bad. It is when you dog cries when moving that he need the pain relief. Aspirin works quicker than Tramadol.

I hope that helps. Best wishes on keeping your dog active and healthy.

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Large Boucheron getting old

Topic: Giving Your Dog Aspirin


June 7, 2016

I live in the mountains of south west France. My Max is monstrous (previously 68 kilo) and from registered Boucheron lineage but evidently crossed with a bear?
Max is 13 years old and only now just but quickly showing progressive signs of hip discomfort when climbing instead of charging up stairs, thinking twice before jumping into trucks, tractors & even a car! In the past he was able to leap over 2 metre fences or arrive on first floor jobsites while chained to ground cables.
Now retired he loves swimming in the streams & rivers every day but I noticed his ass end remains wetter longer.......
He comes a couple of kilometers with me every morning but recently I lead him more than he pulls me!
Max is an old guard dog that I rescued from the needle when I retired from the factory & the owner was afraid of him. (5 years ago)
In fact Max loves everybody (who is not afraid of him)

So - The local vet says shoot & bury him since he is useless. (for the hunt)(( in fact we track & watch wild boar all year but not for hunters))

And then so: Should I give Max (a proper dose)of aspirin with his morning (before treck) snack?

Most sincerely,
Eric Lansdown
This is France, so if I ask my doctor at my monthly check-up to prescribe Aspirin for me instead of paracetamol the we (Max) can share it. We both have iron clad digestion.

Eric - France



The average lifespan of a Boucheron is 8 to 10 years, so your Max is doing well for himself. However, just as with older humans, he is slowing down and has aches and pains.

It is good that Max is still active. But of course, you need to help him up into the car or truck. Some owners of older dogs use a small ramp to allow the dog to get into the car.

You need to use caution when giving Max aspirin. It should always be given with food. Aspirin can cause bleeding ulcers. Instead of giving aspirin on a regular basis, perhaps give only when he is in extreme discomfort.

As far as your local vet goes, that is heartless advice. I guess he doesn't have any pets of his own.

Best wishes for Max's continued good health.

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Dog getting eyes removed

Topic: Glaucoma


April 24, 2016

My Bassett hound just had his eye removed n is going to have the other eye removed in a week. He will not eat much n I can not get him to take his medications. Who can I do. He get stressed out witch only makes his eye swell more

Bonnie - USA



I'm sorry to hear that your dog is having such problems. I am sure it is stressful on both you and your dog.

Try to give the medications wrapped in a treat, such as meat or cheese. Eye drops can sting, so you have to hold the dog to give the drops.

Once both eyes are removed it should be a relief from pain for your dog.

Our dog was able to get along fine after her eyes were removed. She was a happy dog for her remaining years.

Se Navigation for a Blind Dog for some tips.

Best wishes for the health of your Bassett Hound.

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My old chihuahua gags a lot

Topic: General


December 23, 2015

My old chihuahua gags a lot, and seems to be in pain all the time.

Anathea - USA



There are a number of reasons an older dog would gag a lot. It could be a form of sneezing, it could be caused by asthma, or it could be from heart problems.

The best thing to do is to bring your dog to a vet to find out the exact reason. The vet could then help with the gagging, as well as the problem with pain.

Best wishes for relief for your dog.

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Using Synovi G4 and aspirin

Topic: Giving Your Dog Aspirin


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



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


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



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


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,, this link is not working:

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

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!


Leon - USA



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


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: 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

Keep Your Dog Safe In the Summer

Dog Water Safety

Dog Tip: Household Hazards, Poisons, and Safety

Dog Food Expose

Dog Toys: How to Pick the Best & Safest

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.


Jasmine Dyoco | | Cultivating. Connecting. Curating.
2054 Kildaire Farm Rd. #204 | Cary, NC | 27518

Jasmine - USA



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

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Suggested animal health resource

Topic: Resources


July 21, 2015

I was browsing your website and noticed you have a curated list of resources here:
I found two other resources you can include on your list.
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.

Sandra - USA



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

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