Now, question is: I want to switch him from prescribed meds to Bufferin. So, other than trial and error, any idea how much Bufferin he will need? Edited to add: current med is meloxicam.
In case someone asks for a reason in the change: Mostly cost and partly stupidity of local vet. The last time I needed a bottle (only $80) I had to pay $300 to have the vet do a house call. The dog can't get in a vehicle anymore and our horse trailer is currently off the road. (Wouldn't that be funny: taking our dog to the vet in a four-horse 28' trailer!) The vet had to do yet another full physical and we had to listen to his holier-than-thou BS about how I should spend about $300 a month on special diet for this dog to control his arthritis. The dog's arthritis can no longer be controlled. It's a downhill slide, getting steeper. Before the meds, I had him on glucosamine and MSM and chondroitin for 18-24 mos. This dog is, unfortunately, on his way out. I suspect if he survives to the coldest part of this winter, he may need 6 ml of existing meds to control his pain which is 2 ml over the max recommended. The med will eventually have detrimental effects on his liver and kidney functions.
While I want to keep this dog as part of our family, I will not pay $300 every time I need a new bottle of meds for an old dog that by all rights should have died 2 years ago when he slipped on the ice. Or spend 2 weeks fighting to get a house call so I can be lectured to again. So, I will switch to Bufferin for as long as our family pet remains content.