Aspirin Poisoning in Pets

March is National Poisoning Prevention Month. Are you aware of a potential pet poison you probably already have in your kitchen cabinets? Aspirin is extremely common, and it can even be prescribed to pets! Misuse or accidental ingestion can have serious consequences, though. Learn more here from a Greenfield veterinarian.

Symptoms of Ingestion

Some pets lose their appetites after ingesting aspirin, and this may be the first symptom. Other symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, and internal hemorrhaging, all caused by ulcers formed in the stomach and intestines. In severe cases, nervous system problems like difficulty moving or collapse can occur. If you witness your pet ingest a large amount of aspirin, suspect he’s swallowed painkillers, or see any of the above symptoms, notify your vet immediately while transporting your pet to the clinic.

Treatment for Poisoning

As with all cases of poisoning, the quicker your pet gets treatment, the better. Aspirin poisoning is usually dealt with by inducing vomiting and pumping the stomach to rid your pet’s systems of the drugs. Medications are sometimes prescribed to heal the lining of the stomach. Fluid therapy may also be necessary in some cases. Your vet will inform you about your pet’s outpatient care and what to watch for at home. A follow-up visit may be needed so your vet can check on your pet’s progress.

Preventing Accidents

Luckily, it’s not hard to prevent aspirin poisoning episodes at home. If your pet is prescribed aspirin for pain management or a condition, make sure you’re aware of the proper dosage and treatment schedule. If you’re ever unsure about the amount to give your pet or when to give it, contact your Greenfield vet to ask.

Keep your own aspirin medication safely locked away in cabinets or closets where a pet can’t reach it. Remember that a determined pet, especially a dog with strong jaws, can chew through a plastic bottle cap if he sets his mind to it. Never leave pills out on counters or tabletops where a pet can get to them. As a final precaution, always keep your veterinarian’s emergency number close by to call as soon as you can in the event of an emergency.

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