As an owner, it’s terrible to see your dog in pain.
You might think giving them an over-the-counter (OTC) pain relief pill like Aspirin or Tylenol will help them. But the truth is, you should never give your dog any pill before calling your vet.
Why? First of all, dogs are great at masking pain. So if your dog is showing signs of pain, it’s probably more serious than you think. Only a vet will be able to determine the cause. And non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Aspirin and Ibuprofin are even more dangerous because of their “washout period.”
Your dog will need to wash one pill out of its system, usually a period of one to two weeks, before taking another. So if you gave them an Aspirin, and they need another type of pill for what’s really causing them pain, you could actually prolong their suffering.
Here’s a helpful infographic from PetMD with more information about giving your dog OTC pills.
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