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post #1 of 21 Old 06-19-2012, 12:11 AM Thread Starter
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Aspirin amount?

well Blaze went and got himself hurt again and this time I watched him do it. He gets in between the hay bails to eat cause he's a pig and I was getting him out by backing in out and I guess on his blind side he didn't see the the metal barrel on the ground and hit with the soul of his hoof. So now he's limping around and were going to see how he is tomorrow before calling the vet. But my horsey friend that helped me shaggy's tick problem before was there (her daughter and I were riding) and she told me that I could give him some aspirin to help with the pain. So my question is how much aspirin should I give him? I think his weight is some where between 800 and 1200 lbs not 100% positive on that tho.

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post #2 of 21 Old 06-19-2012, 01:02 PM Thread Starter
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wow thanks for all the wonderful answers that I needed to help my horse (sarcasm)

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I've never heard of giving a horse aspirin. Bute is pretty common, and comes with dosing instructions on the package. I would personally be hesitant to give medications not intended for equines to my horse, given how sensitive their digestive tracts are.

How is Blaze doing today? Still limping?
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You would have better results as far as inflammation reduction using Bute, however Asprin will also reduce inflammation and will not "mask" inflammation for days as Bute will.

Merck Veterinary Manual

Http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/hrs3708

There is some more information. It seems 25mg/kg is the accepted therapeutic dose. For 1000lb horse that is just over 11,000mg (assuming this is once a day).

If you have 500mg tablets that is about 22 tablets per dose.

My mum used Asprin on her arthritic horse and administered it about 30 minutes prior to riding. Because it is not long acting it was good for keeping him comfy during rides. She used the vet prescribed large tablets that were about 4000mg per tablet and she did 2-3 per dose, if memory serves.

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Shaggy,

If your expectation was that you would receive an substantive answer within an hour of posting your question, you might have been better off calling a vet clinic, using a paid service or doing some research yourself . Everyone here participates in their own free time and as they see fit, so it's a little silly to get huffy because other members haven't answered promptly enough to suit you.
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Thanks Anebel- I found that very informative
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Interesting! Never heard of giving aspirin to a horse. Learn something new every day!
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I've never heard of giving a horse aspirin. Bute is pretty common, and comes with dosing instructions on the package. I would personally be hesitant to give medications not intended for equines to my horse, given how sensitive their digestive tracts are.

How is Blaze doing today? Still limping?
Im hoping to get some bute from the vet if I can ever get the vet out and yeah he's still limping pretty bad. It took me ten minutes to get him to the barn and then poor guy I left the stall door open for him to go in if wanted (also wanted to see if he would move on his own.) and it took him a another ten minutes to ease himself into the stall

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Shaggy,

If your expectation was that you would receive an substantive answer within an hour of posting your question, you might have been better off calling a vet clinic, using a paid service or doing some research yourself . Everyone here participates in their own free time and as they see fit, so it's a little silly to get huffy because other members haven't answered promptly enough to suit you.
its wasn't my execptation to get an answer hour. I post this question last night.

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You would have better results as far as inflammation reduction using Bute, however Asprin will also reduce inflammation and will not "mask" inflammation for days as Bute will.

Merck Veterinary Manual

Http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/hrs3708

There is some more information. It seems 25mg/kg is the accepted therapeutic dose. For 1000lb horse that is just over 11,000mg (assuming this is once a day).

If you have 500mg tablets that is about 22 tablets per dose.

My mum used Asprin on her arthritic horse and administered it about 30 minutes prior to riding. Because it is not long acting it was good for keeping him comfy during rides. She used the vet prescribed large tablets that were about 4000mg per tablet and she did 2-3 per dose, if memory serves.
thanks Anebel great information!

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