My Dog Ate Baby Aspirin What Should I Do?

Reviewed By Julie •  Updated: 05/11/23 •  3 min read
Dog Severe Toxicity Level
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Does your dog watch everything you put into your mouth? That’s a common issue with our fur babies! They don’t want to miss out on a yummy snack, including baby aspirin. Dogs don’t realize this is medication and may get the bottle and eat the baby aspirin. But what happens when a dog eats baby aspirin?

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Has your dog eaten baby aspirin? Are you worried that baby aspirin will make your dog sick? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary when your dog eats something like this.

We’ve gathered information about baby aspirin and whether it can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!

Dog Ate Baby Aspirin

It is strongly recommended to contact a Pet Poison Helpline or your veterinarian.

What is Baby Aspirin?

Baby aspirin is low-dose aspirin that usually contains a dose of 81mg of aspirin. Aspirin is an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) used to treat pain, reduce inflammation & fever, and more.

Low-dose baby aspirin may also be used to reduce the risk of a heart attack in adults and cut the risk of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, blood clots, and more.

While baby aspirin is considered safe for adult humans, what happens if a dog eats baby aspirin?

Baby Aspirin & Dogs

Unfortunately, baby aspirin can be toxic to dogs. The symptoms a dog develops after ingestion will vary, depending on the amount of medication eaten and the dog’s size/weight.

Symptoms of Baby Aspirin Ingestion in Dogs

You may notice these symptoms if your dog has eaten baby aspirin:

If you notice any of these symptoms in your dog, call the vet immediately. This is an emergency.

Treatment of Baby Aspirin Ingestion in Dogs

The veterinarian may use fluid therapy to correct and regulate blood cell production, glucose, and electrolyte levels. In addition, the vet may induce vomiting and use activated charcoal to remove the toxin from your dog’s system.

The vet may also give your dog gastroprotectants and treat other symptoms as they arise. If your dog’s condition is severe, he may need to be hospitalized until he’s in stable condition.

The prognosis is best for dogs who receive prompt treatment after eating baby aspirin. In the future, it’s best to keep baby aspirin and other medications out of your dog’s reach. You’ll both be happier for it!

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Julie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she studied Animal science. Though contrary to the opinion of her parents she was meant to study pharmacy, but she was in love with animals especially cats. Julie currently works in an animal research institute (NGO) in California and loves spending quality time with her little cat. She has the passion for making research about animals, how they survive, their way of life among others and publishes it. Julie is also happily married with two kids.

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