The Side Effects of Buffered Aspirin in Dogs

by Kristie Karns Google
    A dog in pain should be taken to the veterinarian for diagnosis.

    A dog in pain should be taken to the veterinarian for diagnosis.

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    Buffered aspirin, an analgesic drug used to relieve pain, is better for dogs than regular aspirin because it is less likely to create ulcers in dogs' digestive tracts. Aspirin is suitable only for short-term use in dogs, and only in veterinarian-recommended dosage.

    Side Effects

    Buffered aspirin has a corrosive effect on the cartilage of the joints, so aspirin is seldom used for long-term treatment of arthritis in dogs. Aspirin thins the blood -- so if anemia or other blood disorders are issues, aspirin shouldn't be given. Liver or kidney problems are sometimes side effects of giving buffered aspirin to dogs. Aspirin toxicity can cause loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea and ulcers as well as central nervous system disorders causing lack of coordination, weakness or sudden death.

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    About the Author

    Kristie Karns has written and published many articles online, both for Demand Studios and for, covering a range of topics. Ms Karns has published a book, dozens of poems, photographs and digital artworks over the past twenty years and is always working on several novels at once.