Tramadol is a narcotic-like pain reliever that can be used to reduce moderate to severe pain and requires a prescription from a veterinarian. The effects of this pain reliever resemble opiates - namely morphine. There are a number of different benefits of this medication for dogs, including relieving acute or chronic pain, and the ability to use it in conjunction with other medications. Talk with your veterinarian to make sure that the benefits of pain relief outweigh the side effects for your dog’s particular situation.
Tramadol dosage for dogs
Depending on your location, determining a dosage of tramadol for dogs is an exercise in futility as this medication is
classified as a controlled substance in many states (effective August 18, 2014, Tramadol has been placed into Schedule IV of the federal Controlled Substances Act, [wiki]). As with people, if the dog has a history of seizures it is important to let your vet know this, and they will likely tell you about alternatives. Be mindful about where you store the medication so that you can protect your dog from the risk of accidental overdose.
While the dosage amounts vary from dog to dog, the tramadol dosage for dogs can be put into effect by using the dog’s weight as the determinant. The usual range is .5 - 1.8mg per pound. This amount, whatever it may be for your pet, will fluctuate with the dog’s weight, but you should always consult and defer the decision to a trained professional regarding medication - in this case the veterinarian. Once there is a prescription for the amount and duration, it is important to follow the directions and provide feedback on the progress and nuances. Do not attempt to adjust the medication without professional help, as a tramadol overdose can be deadly.
Tramadol side effects in dogs
There are also a number of tramadol side effects (dogs) that you can watch out for, so that you can make sure that your pet is not in any additional pain. Common mild symptoms include: drowsiness, upset stomach, constipation, blurred vision, and difficulties sleeping. While these are not usually too dangerous, if you notice the symptoms increasing or persisting, talk to your vet. There are some dogs that experience more severe tramadol side effects and these require emergency medical attention from a vet: convulsions, peeling rash, difficulties breathing, or slowing of the heart rate. With persistent monitoring and regular visits to the veterinarian, you will decrease the side effects and find the correct dosage of tramadol for dogs that will help relieve the pain that your pet is experiencing.