Can I Give My Dog Tramadol?

Can I Give My Dog Tramadol?Tramadol, also known as Ultram, is a pain medication that is appropriate for dogs in certain situations. While it’s not FDA-approved for canine use, there are aspects to this drug that can make it an appealing option for pets.

That said, this opioid pain reliever shouldn’t be given to your dog without a vet’s prescription. It’s dangerous to administer your personal Tramadol supply since some side effects can be quite serious. If you really care about safety, involve a professional first.

It is true that veterinarians are increasingly recommending the use of Tramadol. However, these powerful pills are usually provided for post-operative or injury-related aches and pains. Make no mistake, you can cause more harm than good with this drug. Learn as much as possible for your dog’s sake.

Can I Give My Dog Tramadol? Answer: Yes, vet prescription only

This is not a medication that you should give to your dog on your own.

Besides, there may be better treatment options such as brands designed specifically for dogs. Whatever you do, don’t use leftover meds that you may have lying around because it’s simply not worth the risk. While Tramadol is safer than some others, this is still a powerful narcotic and pet usage shouldn’t be taken lightly.

We prefer to use more natural solutions. Instead of Tramadol, we’ve had success with this anti-oxidant anti-inflammatory pain reliever. It seems to work well for our older dog’s arthritis and related pains.

Why Tramadol is Popular

In general, this pain reliever enjoys a pretty good reputation among animal doctors. Tramadol is fairly inexpensive compared to similar brands. It’s also not addictive yet works just as effectively as most alternatives. Further, Tramadol is a comparatively weaker opiate which reduces risks to pets. Finally, this drug can usually be combined with most NSAIDs as well as joint pain medicines.

While your dog won’t become addicted to Tramadol, it can sometimes cause dependency issues.

Potential Side Effects

Obviously, your best buddy won’t be able to tell you if Tramadol is working. Instead, they may exhibit symptoms which could be cause for concern. Some negative side effects are upset stomach, panting, constipation, reduced heart rate, lethargy, dizziness, constriction of the pupils and undesirable behavioral changes.

More serious is the possibility of a seizure. Your dog’s liver or kidneys could suffer permanent damage as well. This isn’t meant to scare dog owners but only to make them aware that a vet’s guidance is warranted when Tramadol is involved.

Proper Dosing Problem

Calculating a Tramadol dose is absolutely critical. Every year thousands of dogs unnecessarily die from receiving improper dosage. That’s a big reason why human medications are so dangerous for pets. Only a qualified veterinarian can tell you the accurate amount for your particular pet dog. For this reason, we’ve decided not to provide this type of information.

Pain Treatment Plan

Many dogs, especially older ones, suffer from ongoing pain which is difficult to effectively deal with. The most common is arthritis. These stubborn conditions are very frustrating but sometimes side effects, from medications, make matters even worse. Giving your dog some Tramadol, without guidance from a vet, could lead to such a highly unfortunate scenario.

It’s worth researching things such as acupuncture or the previously mentioned all-natural medicine.

Vet Consultation is Key

A trained professional can assess what’s wrong with your dog. They’ll be able to treat the pain and manage it which will improve your dog’s life. In fact, pain solutions are a specialty of theirs because they often see pets that require meds on a daily basis. Maybe they’ll agree to a Tramadol prescription or offer something even better, like a Carprofen.

Conclusion on Tramadol

Yes, you can administer this drug but only with a prescription and detailed instructions from your vet. Tramadol has a good reputation, and is routinely provided to dogs, since it is very effective. However, proper caution cannot be overstated since there is a long list of side effects, some of which are serious. Your pet’s particular situation may warrant a different pain reliever which is partly why you should consult with your veterinarian before you consider Tramadol.

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Julia November, 2014

My mixed breed dog has lupus and arthritis. Tramadol (50mg) should be given as per weight, just like giving children medication. You can break it up. I give her 15mg; 1/2 a tablet because she is 33 kilos. Never give a dog or cat any meds unless they are weighed first.

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Shar October, 2014

My Maltese-mix was run over by a car in October. I took him to the emergency room. He ended up having a broken pelvic bone on the left side. It has to heal naturally while he’s confined to a cage for 4-5 weeks to restrict movement. The vet prescribed him 50mg Tramadol tablets for pain. He is to take (half) 1/2 a tablet every 8 hours. He weighs 18 pounds. It’s been 3 days now and he seems to be fine and the meds are helping with his pain. He’s alert, not sleepy.

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Kathy October, 2014

Update on my comment of 8/24/14 – My lab took a turn for the worse and stopped eating. My vet said there was nothing else they could do for him. Then on August 26 of 2014 he passed away. With his condition of the large cancerous mass, I’m sure this is what caused it. Anyway, I still don’t think I would choose Tramadol for any other of my pets. I wish everyone else the best in their decisions. It may work good for you.

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Rita February, 2015

My pet weighed 33 pounds and had 2 herniated discs in center of his spine. The vet took an x-ray. The dosage was 50mg Tramadol 2 to 3 times a day. My dog came down with diarrhea after given Gabapentin 100mg. He had blood coming out of his mouth had to be euthanized. The vet did not refer a specialist and in my opinion was negligent. Our dog could still be living!

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Sandra January, 2016

Rita, I do not think it is fair to say the vet was negligent. What works for 1 may not work for another. That does not mean anyone was negligent. I am sorry for your loss. I am having to make that decision, right now, about my dog with lymphoma. We all will and do miss our loved animals.

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Tyna August, 2015

I’m sorry for your loss. Did you get an x-ray done? Where was the mass? How did you find out it was cancer and what symptoms were there? Sorry, but my dog is very sick and the vets are not sure what’s going on. Please let me know.

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Kathy August, 2014

My 90 pound 8-year old Lab was diagnosed with severe arthritis and a large mass in his lung that the vet felt was cancerous. They only give him a life expectancy of 2-3 months. Tramadol was prescribed and I started giving it to him. After several days, my dog was getting worse. He couldn’t hardly get up and was very week.

I stopped the medication and gave him Aleve. He is almost back to normal. My vet says Aleve is not recommended for dogs, but due to my dog’s condition, if it was helping him, I could continue to do so. It’s been a month now and I only give him Aleve when I feel he is in a lot of pain. I would never give my dog Tramadol again! It may work for other dogs, but not mine.

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Tiffany November, 2014

Aleve is absolutely terrible for dogs. If a dog owner is not comfortable giving their dog Tramadol, that’s fine, but basically any other medication (with prior advice from your vet, of course) would be a better choice than Aleve. There is a decent chance of allergic reaction but more so, it has an extremely long half-life in dogs and this ends up causing severe reactions, leading often to deadly, gastrointestinal problems. There are also quite a few reliable clinical studies showing solid evidence in regard to its direct correlation with causing, and exacerbating, various types of canine cancers.

So when your vet says something isn’t good for your pet, you have two choices: Listen to them and recall that you chose them because you respected and had faith in their abilities or go find a vet you will listen to. Why bother going otherwise? I’d bet that you wouldn’t give your child a medication if your doctor said it was dangerous so why do people always think they know better when it comes to their pets?

Vets go to school longer than Pediatricians (actually, longer than heart surgeons, usually) for many reasons, one being this: people can talk, kids can talk, pets can’t. So Kathy, while I don’t doubt you loved your dog very much, and while I’m truly sorry for your loss, you really made an incredibly reckless move.

Because I work for a vet clinic I can tell you that we can write pretty much any pain medication a dog would need…and one dying from cancer will undoubtedly need a strong one – one that’s much stronger than an OTC such as Aleve.

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Pam August, 2014

Our rescue mix was prescribed Tramadol and an antidepressant. We administered over the course of several weeks ans stopped it due to lethargy. This is disturbing. You rely on your vet to help you make an informed decision. Wow!

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