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I've always been under the impression that giving dogs even small doses of aspirin was not good for them. This would include derivatives, like those found in Pepto Bismol (salicillic acid).

Am I way off on this? Can anyone enlighten me ( and others) please? I keep hearing of tummy trouble in some of our friends and advice to give the "Pink Stuff." We all want to help, but is it causing more harm than good???
 
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I used to think you could give dogs coated aspirin My vet doesn't like it, and he told me kaopectate not pepto....
 
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You can give them buffered aspirin like "Bufferin". Bubba can have one 325mg tablet and he weighs 67 pounds. Be sure to check with your vet for dosage for your dog.

[ August 11, 2005, 10:24 AM: Message edited by: BubbaLeroy ]
 
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Ascripten (sp?) is fine. My vet specialist prescribed it for any pain my Lab might have after his elbow dysplasia surgery. Take care, Belinda.
 

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both in quanity can cause stomach ulceration but usually require high dosage or prolonged usage. Tufts School of Vet med in their puplication "your Dog" had an article on the subject with the conclusion. Pepto is ok for dogs if used as directed. However kayopectate is now reformulated and contains the same ingredients as pepto so there is no benifit or increased safety from it.
see July 31, 2003 Kaopectate Warning J. Martin DVM
"Those of you who use Kaopectate to control diarrhea, especially in cats, need to be aware of the recent formula change. Due to concerns regarding lead levels in the old formulation the manufacturer of Kaopectate have changed the active ingredient to bismuth subsalicylate. Salicylates (e.g. aspirin, pepto bismol and now kaopectate) should only be administered to cats under veterinary supervision. Some dogs are also sensitive to salicylates."


Imodium another alternative is not without risk either see Loperamide (Immodium, Kaopectate) Peteducation Drs Foster & Smith.
Loperamide ...Can cause severe side effects in cats. Contact your veterinarian if the diarrhea is severe, accompanied by vomiting, the pet is also depressed, there is blood in the stool or the diarrhea worsens or persists for more than 48 hours. Also contact your veterinarian if your pet experiences constipation, depression, or slowed heart or breathing rates while being treated with loperamide.

...Some Kaopectate includes bismuth salicylate as an ingredient. This should not be used in cats unless directed by your veterinarian. Dogs that may have an allergy to aspirin, or are taking aspirin, steroids, or another non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)...should not be given the formulation with bismuth salicylate unless directed by a veterinarian.
[ August 12, 2005, 04:26 PM: Message edited by: Toughynutter ]
 
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if the diarrhea is intractable I suppose any anti-diarrheal is okay but sometimes diarrhea serves a purpose and that's to rid the intestine of toxins. You may want to wait a while and not administer the drug with the first sign of diarrhea.
 

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My Maxwell is taking rather large doses of prednisone right now and to protect his stomach from irritation, he also takes Tagament 3x/day.

We also use aspirin for inflammation/pain issues before using rimadyl or deramax, and give Tagament with it because aspirin is a blood thinner and can cause stomach irritation/bleeding. From what I understand, the aspirin doesn't cause liver damage like the others can over time.
 

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Toughy, did you spell "puplication" in your first paragraph on purpose? :D :D :D

[ August 14, 2005, 11:37 PM: Message edited by: Marcia ]
 
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