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Should I Have Visited a Vet After Giving My Lab Half Dosage of Baby Aspirin?


Dear VetBabble

I recently gave my 80lb Lab half dosage of baby aspirin twice in the space of 12 hours. Since Friday, his vomiting has stopped, but the diarrhea continues. I’m worried about whether this might be dangerous. Should I have taken him to a vet instead? Will aspirin have any effect on vomiting and diarrhea in dogs?

VetBabble’s In-Depth Response

In our practice, we often get similar questions from concerned pet parents. Let’s dive in and address each part of your query.

The Use of Aspirin in Dogs

Firstly, it’s crucial to understand that our pets’ bodies don’t react the same way to medications as ours. Aspirin, for example, is generally safe for humans but has a different effect on dogs. While it can relieve pain and inflammation in some cases, it wouldn’t be the first choice in managing gastrointestinal issues in dogs like vomiting or diarrhea.

As its effect is not specific to vomiting and diarrhea, it might not help to relieve these symptoms in dogs. For that matter, specific knowledge about Diarrhea in Dogs: When to Worry can elucidate when it’s time to seek professional veterinary help.

Potential Dangers

Now, to your query regarding the potential dangers. If not properly prescribed, aspirin administration in dogs can cause more harm than good. It can cause gastroduodenal ulceration, which might lead to further digestive issues such as vomiting or diarrhea.

Moreover, an incorrect dosage might result in serious organ damage in dogs. Hence, it’s always advisable to consult a vet before administering any medication. It’s also essential to know what first steps you should take if you think your dog’s health is at risk. Learning some Basic First Aid for Dogs would give you the guidance needed in such situations.

When to Seek Professional Help

Lastly, your concern regarding when you should have sought professional help. In situations like these, when your dog has ceased vomiting but still has diarrhea since Friday, it’s better to consult a veterinarian right away. Prolonged symptoms may signal underlying health concerns that require prompt medical intervention.

The article Why Does My Dog Have Diarrhea? sheds light on common causes and treatment of diarrhea in dogs. Furthermore, always keep an eye on your dog’s diet and habits. Dogs tend to eat things that they shouldn’t, and knowing what to do when your dog eats something it shouldn’t have can save you a lot of worry and can help prevent unnecessary suffering for your furry friend.

In summary, when in doubt, always consult a professional. As a pet parent, it’s always better to err on the side of caution.

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