Animal Health Feedback
by Ron Kurtus
Readers have sent in a total of 360 comments and questions on Animal Health issues. They are listed according to date.
You can read them to further your understanding of the subject.
|Dog bitten by Pit Bulls||General||USA|
|Is it OK to give my 8 year old dog aspirin?||General||USA|
|Giving coated baby aspirin to my dog||Giving Your Dog Aspirin||USA|
|Doberman hurt her leg||Giving Your Dog Aspirin||USA|
|Is is safe to use Tramadol long term?||Giving Your Dog Aspirin||USA|
|Large Boucheron getting old||Giving Your Dog Aspirin||France|
|Dog getting eyes removed||Glaucoma||USA|
|My old chihuahua gags a lot||General||USA|
|Using Synovi G4 and aspirin||Giving Your Dog Aspirin||USA|
|How many times a day should I give dog aspirin?||Giving Your Dog Aspirin||USA|
|Suggested animal health resource||Resources||USA|
|Suggested animal health resource||General||USA|
|Suggested animal health resource||Resources||USA|
|Dog's knees pop out of joint||General||USA|
|Can I give my dog 5 aspirins at once?||Giving Your Dog Aspirin||USA|
Dog bitten by Pit Bulls
February 25, 2017
My Pitt got attacked by two other pit bulls. We were sitting down on steps. He has puncture wounds on his chest throat behind his right ear and one on the top of his head and some scratch marks around his mouth. He is laying still and sleeping a lot and would not eat which is one of his favorite things. My question is should he be seen by a vet?
Sue - USA (27908)
You definitely should bring your dog to see a vet as soon as possible. You need to make sure the wounds are not serious and to protect against infection from the bites.
I hope your dog is OK. Best wishes for his complete recovery.
Is it OK to give my 8 year old dog aspirin?
October 29, 2016
I just wanted to thank you for your site. I was curious about whether it was ok to give Bella (my 8 year old dog) an aspirin. Thank you so much for the info and chart!!
Sabrina - USA (27423)
Giving your dog aspirin should be OK on occasion. Follow the instructions and amount on the Giving Your Dog Aspirin page. Of course, be sure to give the aspirin with food.
It is also good to check with your vet, if Bella has some problems.
Best wishes for a healthy dog.
Giving coated baby aspirin to my dog
September 25, 2016
can I give coated baby aspirin to my dog?
susan - USA (27325)
Yes, coated baby aspirin can help to protect the dog's stomach. Be sure to give the aspirin with food and follow the weight chart on Giving Your Dog Aspirin for the right amount.
Best wishes for a healthy and happy dog.
Doberman hurt her leg
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 (27246)
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.
Is is safe to use Tramadol long term?
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 (27110)
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.
Large Boucheron getting old
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?
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 (27062)
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.
Dog getting eyes removed
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 (26963)
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.
My old chihuahua gags a lot
December 23, 2015
My old chihuahua gags a lot, and seems to be in pain all the time.
Anathea - USA (26643)
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.
Using Synovi G4 and 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 (26640)
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.
How many times a day should I give 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 (26527)
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.
Suggested animal health resource
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, http://www.school-for-champions.com/animalhealth/resources.htm, 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 (26401)
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.
Suggested animal health resource
August 3, 2015
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: http://www.school-for-champions.com/animalhealth/resources.htm#.VcAp5vmqqko) 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.
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Jasmine - USA (26253)
Thanks for the resources. I posted them at Animal Health Resources.
Suggested animal health resource
July 21, 2015
I was browsing your website and noticed you have a curated list of resources here: http://www.school-for-champions.com/animalhealth/resources.htm
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 (26184)
Thanks for the suggested resources. I added them to Animal Health Resources.
Dog's knees pop out of joint
May 2, 2015
I have a 4.9 pound Chihuahua.. Her knees pop out of joint. She's 11 years old... I give her a quarter of a baby aspirin.. Not every day.. But when she really acts like it hurts... I always give it to her in food.. Am I hurting my baby?
Rhea - USA (25966)
Just as some older humans have arthritic problems with their joint, so too can older dogs have such problems. It sounds like you are doing the right thing by the way you are giving the aspirin.
One thing you might try is to put an elastic bandage on the legs where the joints pop out. That could give her extra support. Of course, you have to make sure the bandage is not too tight to cut off circulation.
You might check with your vet to see if they have special elastic bandages for small dogs.
We all hate to see our pets in discomfort. Best wishes for her good health.
Can I give my dog 5 aspirins at once?
April 12, 2015
for an eighty pound dog the dosage given was5 baby aspirins in a 12 hour Time span. How much can you give at one time In a single dose?
Jean - USA (25917)
Although some vets say you could give 5 baby aspirins at one time, it is much better to start off small and and spread them out to avoid adverse reactions.
I assume you want to give aspirin to relieve pain, such as from arthritis. Thus it is better to start with one on two baby aspirins to see how well they work, as well as if there is a reaction. Certainly, any aspirins should be given with food and water.
Aspirin should only be used as a temporary relief, such as if the dog is crying from pain, It should not be used as a regular routine, because it can result in stomach ulcers.
The best thing to do is to check with your vet, who may prescribe a different medication.
Best wishes for your dog's health and comfort.
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