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I have a Fainter doe that is 13 years old. She has just started favoring her left front leg. The joint is swollen a bit. My vet gave me Meloxicam give her for a week. (two pills a day) Being a Nsaid, I am concerned about keeping her on this. She was a bit better last week but she is favoring it. I did stop today and picked up a few more but I don't think I want to keep her on it. My question is about asprin. Can I give her a regular asprin? Can I keep her on it or give it to her for awhile? How about 2 asprin a day? Thank you, Dee M.

Hi Dee:
Honestly? yes you can give aspirin but I do not think I would use this as a long term medication - as it does thin the blood and can cause digestive upset - If the NSAID medication  the vet prescribed is working..  I would go ahead with that for now.. she would possibly need to be weaned off of it when it is time to stop but at 13 yrs old,  painful joints are often times the case.

Meloxicam is used to treat tenderness, swelling, and pain caused by the inflammation of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. It is also  somewhat less for adverse reactions than aspirin

You might also try  warm compresses on the joints..  it is one of those things that effects many older goats :(  


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