12-06-2016, 12:37 PM
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| | Gave my dog Aspirin- reaction by Vet Tech
Hi everyone, I am new to this forum. I wanted to discuss something with you. I have a 1.5 year old Bouvier Des Flandres, who is healthy and not taking any medication. A few days ago my dog's nails were trimmed shorter than usual. There was no bleeding originally; however, yesterday his left paw was very sore. At around midnight (I could not call or bring him to Veterinarian because they were closed, but I was considering the Emergency Room) I took a closer look at the paw and saw the right nail on the left foot was broken and there was slight green drainage with some blood. I am a nurse, so I am well aware of the high degree of pain my dog was in, along with the possibility of developing sepsis or osteomyelitis. To confirm my suspicion, I did research online which validated my concerns. I gave my dog's paw an epsom salt soak for a few minutes, applied Neosporin, gently wrapped an ACE bandage under a sock, and gave my dog 4 buffered baby aspirin with food (under-dosing for safety- he is 80 lbs, every credible Vet website deems this OK). After, he seemed to feel much better and was no longer yelping and crying. After, I called the Emergency Room and spoke with a Vet Tech and I asked if this was an emergency, she replied by stating "it was not and could wait until the morning", however, she asked me if I gave him any medication and I replied "yes, I gave him 4 baby aspirin in accordance with his weight". In response, she was extremely patronizing and rude and basically told me I was wrong and stupid. I know she said this because of the inherent risks for stomach ulcers/upset, Kidney issues, potential toxicity, bleeding disorders, and a potential medication reaction. All of those are valid contraindications, however, my dog has no history of a system disease (just had a physical with blood work), he is not taking any medications, and this was a one-time dose for acute pain. I would have preferred to get my veterinarian's input; however, that was not possible at the late hour and I do not think it is fair to my dog to suffer like that all night. I also do not think it was fair for the Vet Tech to excessively criticize and lecture me on my handling of the situation, even after I told her my reasoning and logic. So yeah, my dog is fine now, thank god, but I was just curious if you believe my reaction/handling of the dog situation was justified/warranted. Thank you!
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