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Plant extracts containing the active ingredient in aspirin have been used medicinally since at least 400 B.C., but the modern drug known as aspirin was first developed and patented by Bayer, a German pharmaceutical company. Bayer coined and trademarked the name "Aspirin."


Aspirin is a generic NSAID pain reliever marketed under several brand names including Bayer and Ecotrin. There are several pain relievers and cold medications which contain aspirin, including Diprin and Painaid.


Baby aspirin is safe to give to dogs provided the proper dosage is administered. Aspirin helps relieve inflammation and pain in dogs and can be given once or twice a day. Aspirin is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug that is typically recommended by veterinarians for short-term use.


Salicylic acid, the natural form of aspirin, is found in willow and myrtle, according to ASPREE. The ancient Egyptians used willow bark and myrtle to reduce fever and pain, while the Greeks and Romans used willow leaf to cure inflammation.


The risks of using aspirin for dogs include stomach ulcers and intestinal hemorrhage, vomiting, diarrhea, kidney damage, liver damage and other gastrointestinal problems, according to Mountain View Vet Clinic and PetMD. Aspirin should only be given to pets as prescribed by a veterinarian.


Some possible side effects of aspirin are stomach issues, nausea, hearing problems and heartburn. In some cases, aspirin can cause more serious side effects, such as bloody stool, vomiting blood or an allergic reaction, according to RxList. Patients who require daily aspirin therapy may be at a high


Aspirin is safe for dogs to consume on a short-term basis and under the direction of a veterinarian, according to WebMD. Prolonged use of aspirin may result in side effects such as internal bleeding. Coated aspirin is gentler on a dog's stomach, as is taking the medicine with food.


Recent studies indicate that aspirin does indeed lower blood pressure if taken at night. US News reports that aspirin can inhibit hormonal changes that are involved in blood clotting. Scientists speculate that aspirin is more fully absorbed during sleep cycles.


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.


Ibuprofen does not have aspirin in it because it contains a different active ingredient. While the active ingredient in ibuprofen is (+-) -(2)-(p-isobutylphenyl) propionic acid, aspirin contains the ingredient acetylsalicylic acid. Although both are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)Â