According to WebMD, it is acceptable to give a cat baby aspirin only under the supervision of a veterinarian. Too much aspirin is toxic to cats. For a typical 8-pound cat, just one baby aspirin provides pain relief for three days.
WebMD explains that small amounts of aspirin sometimes cause appetite loss, depression and vomiting in cats. Larger amounts have more severe effects, including dehydration, uncoordinated walking, gastrointestinal bleeding, and liver and bone marrow toxicity. Aspirin should always be given with food rather than on an empty stomach. Cats should be carefully monitored for symptoms of aspiring poisoning. If any such symptoms occur, the medication should be immediately discontinued.Learn More
There are several tranquilizers available with a prescription from a veterinarian to help relieve stress and anxiety in cats, including Valium and Promace. Tranquilizers can have negative side effects, such as impairing the cat's cortical inhibitory impulses, so it's important to only use them with a prescription and close monitoring of the pet from a veterinarian, according to WebMD.Full Answer >
WebMD explains that there are numerous tranquilizers that are deemed safe for cats over the course of short-term use, but they need to be obtained through a veterinarian. Tranquilizers are used to relieve anxiety in a frightened cat that is unused to potentially traumatic experiences, such as kenneling, travelling or visiting the vet.Full Answer >
Though aspirin is not toxic to dogs, owners should not give aspirin to a dog except under the direct supervision and advice of a veterinarian, according to PetMD. Commonly used to treat short-term musculoskeletal pain, aspirin is known to cause gastric pain, bleeding and ulcers.Full Answer >
To give a cat a pill, use pill treats or a cat food meatball. If the cat must take the pill on an empty stomach, wrap the cat in a towel, open the cat’s mouth by pressing on the jaw, and place the pill in the cat’s mouth.Full Answer >