Many times when our pets are in pain, we tend to turn toward medications and remedies that are familiar to us as humans. For instance, aspirin has long been a medication known to relieve minor pain. But over recent years, we’ve learned more and more about the risks involved with aspirin use and these risks relate to our canine and feline companions as well.
Aspirin for dogs with arthritis pain can be used, but this type of treatment is quickly losing popularity. This is because dogs are particularly sensitive to the effects that Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin, can have on their gastrointestinal system. Side effects of NSAID’s include pain, bleeding and ulceration. So using aspirin for dogs with arthritis pain should only be done with caution and under the strict supervision of your veterinarian. In addition, according to the Veterinary Drug Handbook, 3rd ed., “aspirin may cause birth defects, so it should not be given to pregnant animals”. Lastly, aspirin has been known to interact with other drugs so it’s important to make sure that your vet is well aware of all medications Fido is taking BEFORE using any aspirin products.
As for cats, they are much more sensitive to aspirin because their bodies cannot break it down as quickly. Therefore, we recommend staying away from aspirin all together with your cats to avoid the possibility of an overdose.
As more and more people are turning away from aspirin products, many of them are turning toward natural arthritis pain relief products. FlexPet with CM8 has been proven to correct the problems and eliminate pet joint pain by reducing the inflammation while lubricating the effected joints. This is mainly because of the main ingredient, CM8 (cetyl myristoleate). In addition to it being an immune system modulator, CM8 delivers special nutrients and herbs to the joints, bones, and surrounding tissue. It alleviates pain, boosts immunity, strengthens the skeletal system, removes harmful toxins and promotes general health and well being.
Posted on October 3rd, 2010
in Category Dog Health .