Human Aspirin Doses aligned to Horse Dose

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  1. Cowgirly

    Cowgirly Senior Member+

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    Hi :)

    I know some people use bute, others use aspirin. Here is my question- if you wanted to use aspirin for a horse- what is the dose (in human MG tablets) for a 1,000 pound horse.

    I ask because I read that it is about two to four 240 GRAIN BOLUSES. What the HECK is a grain bolus?

    More important, how does that translate to human aspirin. So say I had a giant container of 600 human aspirin and they are 325 MG each- how do I figure out how many of those to give the horse to be a proper does (how many 325 MG aspirins does it take to equal 240 or 480 grain boluses)?

    Can anyone help?

    thanks for any advice you can give. I don't use aspirin on a frequent basis- like Bute I only plan to use as needed but I just was working on my first aid kit and wanted to know how to dose.
     






  2. Ryle

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    A grain is equal to 64.799 milligrams, so a 240 grain bolus is equal to 15551.76 milligrams. So of your human aspirin you would be dosing 47.85 human aspirins.

    (240 grains/1) (64.799 mg/1 grain)/325mg=# of aspirin needed
    15551.76mg/325mg=47.85 asprin tablets

    Veterinary aspirin comes in many different dosing forms including 240 and 480 grain bolus doses, meaning that it's giving all at one time. The amount of aspirin is just more concentrated in this product to allow for smaller amounts to be given to provide adequate dosing.

    If you choose to use aspirin you should be aware that it does affect blood clotting, so if you are giving it regularly and your horse gets a wound he may very well bleed more than he would normally. Aspirin also has the same risks of GI ulcers as Bute and Banamine.
     
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  3. Cowgirly

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    wow- you are awesome. thanks so much, I appreciate it. Does bute affect the blood clotting as well, or is that a benefit to using it for pain relief?
     
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  5. Arabians4ME

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    I had my Arabian mare on Aspirin on the 5th day she was on it she could not lift her head. We had started her on it for a fused hock and splints. Anyway she got progressively worse (she had, had a neck problem before) and I took her off the aspirin and it went straight away. That was the only thing my vet and myself could link it to. It was really weird. She does the same thing with bute.

    We always give an ulcer preventive with aspirin. My 33y/o is on high doses of aspirin and gets ulcer meds along with it.
     
  6. WildHorseSpirit

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    Our vet said 15 tablets for her 1000 pounds would be a safe amount for our mare.
    She does well on it but I don't give it constant, it is more when her days are semi rough, bute on her really bad days.
    I would talk to your vet before giving and some horses can and have had reactions to it like people do so watch your horse carefully if you choose this.

    It has been used in laminitic horses in the past and it has helped my girl on her semi rough days. I don't give no longer than 4-5 days once daily. And I always give her something to eat to make sure she don't get an upset.
     
  7. Acme Acres

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    If a mare isn't prego, I prefer Yucca and Devils Claw. Both have been used since prehistoric times as pain killers. While natural doesn't mean there's no side effects, it usually is safer for them and obviously available w/out a script.
     
  8. Arabians4ME

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    Do you have a specific supplement you reccomend? Name or anything? I'd be willing to try it on my girl. Her hocks are getting worse and vets are still hum hauling around on her and what to do.
     
  9. Acme Acres

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    If you want an inexpensive route, I'd try the B-L products. We used the Solution when we needed it. Sold a stallion and then he wacked his leg on his stall hard enough he wouldn't walk on it.... gave him the dose of BL and he was putting some weight on it w/in 12 hours. It did a great job with our foundered mare too. Then there's also Herbal Respond. It's a little pricey, but works well too.
     
  10. Arabians4ME

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    *smack forehead* I did use to use BL-Pellets and really liked them! I will defitnely pick up a new bucket of them and see how it goes. Thanks! I'll also look into Herbal Respond just for the heck of it!
     






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