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Otherwise healthy basset, 12 years old. Crying in the morning after waking, mild wimpering while he is still lying down. Once he is up doesn't cry anymore. I suspect that it is his arthritis. Can I give him one children's asprin a day?
 

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Check with your vet--he or she may have some safer and more effective medicines for your guy.
 
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I agree with Sharon. Check with your vet. I would be very hesitant to give my Max an aspirin without the vet's OK. You might also talk with the vet about glucosamine/chondroitin supplements. Max has developed arthritis in his right rear leg and hip. He started the supplements about two weeks ago. It usually takes a month or so to kick in. I might need to up his dosage some. Our vet wanted to try this first. As an aside, I take the supplements for my knee and neck. It really works for me. I am keeping my fingers crossed for Max. Max will soon be seven.

MikeM, Max's daddy
 
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After spending approximately $8,000 at the vet specialists last year, I feel qualified to give some advice. My dogs are on Glyco-flex 3 supplements and Ascriptin (aspirin buffered with Maalox) for occasional pain. It sounds like arthritis to me, but I would take her to the vet. Take care, Belinda.
 

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It sounds like arthritis to me too. My dog, Angel, takes Rimadyl (it is an arthritis drug) for her arthritis. She feels so much better when she is taking this chewable tablet. Check with your vet though and see what he recommends. Good luck!
 

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Scooter had severe arthritis. What you describe sounds like it to me. Our vet had Scooter on 1200 mg Glucosomine daily. He was on it for the last 5 years of his life. On rare occasion when it bothered him a bit more our vet had us give him Arudus KT. The week before he died our vet put him on massive doses of asperin knowing he only had a few days left and wanted to keep him as comfortable as we could.

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