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IS BABY ASPIRIN A GOOD IDEA FOR MY STIFF-LEGGED DOG,
Dear Dr. Baum --
My 15 year old dog, 17 lb. (miniature schnauzer)
walks very stiffly, as if he is arthritic. Is it OK to give him a
baby aspirin? How often? Will it help?
Eileen, Los Angeles, CA
Dear Eileen --
You should have him examined and x-rayed to
confirm the diagnosis. There are many types of drugs to use for
arthritic relief varying from buffered aspirin to nsaids to
cortisone. The best preparation to use is the one that produces the
best response with the least dosage -- in other words, the least
amount that controls the problem. None of these drugs is risk free,
and that why a thorough physical exam is indicated before starting
anything for a long time.
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