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Tramadol for Dogs: Side Effects, Dosage

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. 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.

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Please correct your information. Tramadol is not a narcotic. It is prescription but it is not a controlled substance like morphine.

You are right, tramadol is not a narcotic.

However, long-term use or abuse of tramadol can lead to addiction and physical dependency.

Tramadol is not a federally controlled substance but some states have classified it as a Schedule IV controlled substance under state law.

According to the compounding pharmacies we contacted Tramadol is now considered a controlled substance and many refused to ship the prescription to us. We found only one pharmacy that's 1400 miles away who would compound and ship Tramadol to us.

I have a Springer Spaniel who is now, at the age of 13, suffering with arthritis in her back legs. Our vet has prescribed Tramadol capsules 50mg 1 x twice a day if necessary together with 10mg Metacam once a day and the Tramadol seems to help her pain. My vet herself suggested I try online to purchase the Tramadol had has given me a signed prescription, however, like yourselves, after completing the forms, I cant find anyone that will ship to me from the US. Ive not yet come across the pharmacy that will, even though 1400 miles away, and would appreciate you letting me have their details as a last resort. Thanks.

Drs. Foster & Smith sell tramadol (see their website) so long as you have a script, the price is very reasonable too.

Will tramadol cause irritability in dogs?

I am aware of one dog that died after being put onto tramadol for osteoarthritis. Tramadol is not an effective analgesic for osteoarthritis in people and 80% of patients prescribed tramadol with/without paracetamol take themselves off treatment because of the unacceptable side-effects (See Cochrane Library Systematic Review) . Tramadol is much more short acting in dogs than it is in humans, there is hardly any evidence to show that it works in dogs- and its safety profile in this species is not known. We should not be using drugs until there is enough evidence that they work and are safe.

I give tramadol to my dog for back pain and it works great. She can be in severe pain shaking but 20 mine after her tramadol she is back playing and wagging her tail.

I just got a rx for it for my dog and was told by the vet it is a controlled substance and I had to sign for it.

If you have trouble getting tramadol for your pet, many times the vet can send the prescription to a human pharmacy and they'll fill it. (If the vet is authorized to prescribe tramadol.) This has been very helpful for us.

My dog who is 12 years old...weighs 70 pounds was determined to have arthritis. I was giving him a couple of aspirin a day per vet. It seemed to help somewhat, but I noticed he was struggling more often getting up with his hind legs. The vet thought maybe an inflammatory would help, but my dog was prescribed Tramadol as an interim since she said he would need to be off aspirin for 7 days before starting the inflammatory drug. I started giving him the Tamadol on a Wednesday night, by Saturday, I thought my dog was going to die. He wasn't as interested in food, his lameness became worse, his breathing was more labored and he essentially wouldn't move from a spot. I cried all day...I lied down with him and prayed...that's how bad he got from this medication. I took him off it Saturday night and began giving him 2 aspirins at a time instead of one. I saw improvements immediately on Sunday. The last couple of days he's been walking around like a puppy again. Yesterday he even jumped up on the couch. I also changed his diet to a much smaller kibble mixed with wet food to help with his digestion since he is older and has a tough time with regular sized dog food bites. I know for humans they say not to crush or chew Tramadol. All I can say is stay as far away from this drug as possible. While he was on this drug...he also yelped when I tried to help him up...he never yelped before being on this drug.


My elderly Bichon Frise has a bad back leg and has been taking Deramaxx (NSAID). A new vet said to add the Tramadol (25 mg every 8-12 hrs) for additional pain. Today is Friday, Aug. 1. I gave her one dose Wed and Thurs morninings. By last night, she had no apetite and she is very lethargic, but she is not running a fever. She normally eats anything that doesnt eat her first! Like you, I was crying like a baby last night until a friend calmed me down.

She has been acting the same way today, so I thought maybe it's the Tramadol.

Thank you for your story. No more Tramadol for MY dog!!!

Thank you! I hope she make

What is the shelf life of tramadol? My dog has intermittent back issues. She's hasn't had an issue in about a year. Would it still be just as strong now?

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