When your dog is treated for a heartworm infection, part of that treatment is to prescribe anti-inflammatories to help to relieve your dog’s pain as well as inflammation of the joints after the Immiticide treatment. This article sets out to explain why, although it would seem logical to give your dog aspirin for this discomfort, pet owners should never give their dog aspirin unless specifically advised to do so by a Vet.
Aspirin certainly does have an anti-inflammatory action and it can also help to minimize the risk from blood clots which can be a problem after treatment. In certain circumstances a vet may actually give aspirin but, because of the known reaction between aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) and also with Prednisone which may be prescribed both before and after treatment for heart worm, you may cause considerable harm to your dog by giving aspirin if you do not check with your vet that it safe to do so.
Problems of Combining Aspirin With Prednisone
Prednisone is a drug that is fairly routinely given during treatment because it is very good at relieving both inflammation and pain from joints. Many dog owners are unaware of the adverse effects of giving aspirin during treatment with this drug. Doing so can result in either, reduced effectiveness of prednisone, increased side effects of prednisone or an allergic reaction. So, if you see that your dog is in pain after heartworm treatment ask your vet what he would prescribe or whether you can safely give aspirin to help your dog.
Whilst it is certainly true that Aspirin is the only NSAID that can effectively reduce the risk of blood clots over a period of time, it must be used with great caution if other NSAIDs have already been prescribed. This is also the case in human patients taking Aspirin and other NSAIDs (for example in the treatment of Arthritis). It is very important that you check with your vet the exact dosage that you can give as this is critical and should not be guessed at. This is one reason why the FDA advise extreme caution if buying medication for your dog online. You can read more in this article on buying pet drugs online on their website.
Health Problems Associated With NSAIDs
Other NSAIDs designed for human use should not be given to dogs or other animals as they can cause damage to cartilage. They can also cause ulcers – and for this reason, Aspirin and any other NSAID your vet prescribes (some common names are Arquel, Deramz, Etogesic, Feldene, Kepoprofen, Metacam, Previcox and Zubrin), should be given with food to minimize the likelihood of any abdominal or digestive tract problems.
So, to sum up, whilst most pet owners believe that aspirin is a safe medication that they can give to their dog to relieve pain, it is always best to check with the vet for the exact dosage and to take special care if any other medication is being taken at the same time or has been taken recently. Every pet owner wants to ensure that treatment for heartworm is as pain-free for their dog as possible, but do not risk the possibility of causing your pet further problems by trying to help by giving Aspirin without being absolutely sure that it is safe to do so.
Author Alison Graham is publisher of the website heartwormtreatment-fordogs.com where you will find further information about possible side effects of immiticide treatment and guidelines for caring for your dog after heartworm treatment. The aim of the site from the get-go, has been to build it into a one-stop resource for dog owners to get all the information they need about prevention, treatment and associated dog health problems.