The size of the tablet given (like a piece,half or a quarter) IS NOT an indication of a proper dose!
Cats metabolize aspirin more slowly because they lack certain proteins needed for the liver to safely break it down, therefore effects in cats last 5-6 times longer than in dogs, which makes them easier to overdose!
Aspirin can interact with other medications the vet may (or may have already) prescribe, such as: NSAIDS, furosemide (Lasix), and Digoxin
Decreases blood flow to the kidneys, making pre-existing problems worse!
SIDE EFFECTS SEEN INCLUDE:
- Stomach/intestinal ulceration and bleeding
- Decreased blood supply to kidneys, leading to kidney failure
- Decreased ability of blood to clot
The enteric coating can effect how aspirin is absorbed, and tends to make it stick to the lining of the stomach instead of dissolving properly. If enough accumulate, it can lead to overdose and death
Therefore vets prescribe NON-ENTERIC COATED ASPIRIN ONLY
There ARE formulas made specifically for dogs
Regardless, do not give your pet aspirin without consulting a vet first!