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Dee Dee (Deedles)
Posted on Thursday, Jan 31, 2002 - 9:05 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I am confused about the dosage for aspirin therapy for DJD.

What is the therapeutic dose. I thought it was about 2.5 grams once or twice daily.

Then I read that the dose is 25mg/kg which is about 12 grams. Obviously this is quite a difference.

Could someone please clear this up? My vet
said use about a teaspoon, which is about
2.5, but I can't be sure of the concentration of the product.
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM (Dro)
Posted on Friday, Feb 1, 2002 - 6:31 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

You have several issues here and first is that aspirin is generally not considered a good choice of NSAID in the horse. It has a very short 1/2 life in the horse. Now we do know that NSAIDs actions are a little longer than they actually remain in the system but this one is so short that its actions are considered limited in the horse. I would consider using some of the more effective NSAIDs if you have chronic lameness.

The correct dose for any NSAID that is to be administered for a long time is the lowest therapeutic dose that gives you an effect. I went and looked to double check the dosage currently published in The Advisor and it is in line with a lot of references.
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