Can I Give My Dog Tramadol?

Can I Give My Dog Tramadol?If your dog is in severe pain, and it’s expected to be long term, you may be looking into Tramadol which is also known as Ultram. This is a powerful prescription medicine used for treating chronic round-the-clock pain. It’s used for humans and sometimes pet dogs but is not FDA approved for canines.

The use of this opioid pain reliever is not to be taken lightly. Your dog first needs to be properly diagnosed to find the underlying source of their constant pain. Truly, the best course of action is to take your four-legged friend to a veterinarian.

In any case, do not attempt home treatment yourself with something as potent and potentially dangerous as Tramadol. A good vet will methodically decide which drugs will work the best for your dog’s particular situation. Tramadol may help them but it could also cause much harm. Be very cautious regarding this drug.

Can I Give My Dog Tramadol? Answer: Only as prescribed by a vet

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

Besides, there may be better treatment options available for pain which are designed especially for dogs. No doubt, you’ll need a prescription from a vet if you don’t have Tramadol lying around. That’s a good thing and if you do happen to have some on hand, from a previous script, you should not provide it to your beloved dog.

It’s simply not worth the risk. Never loose sight that Tramadol is a powerful narcotic which can create physical dependence and withdrawal symptoms among other problems.

Other Tramadol Side Effects

It’s true that this pain treatment is effective for many dogs. But, obviously, your canine won’t be able to tell you if Tramadol is working or not. Instead they may exhibit symptoms which could be cause for concern. Some negative side effects of Tramadol use are upset stomach, panting, constipation, reduced heart rate, lethargy, dizziness, constriction of the pupils and undesirable behavioral changes.

More serious is the possibility of your dog experiencing a seizure. Their livers or kidneys could suffer permanent damage as well. This isn’t meant to scare dog owners but make them aware that a vet’s guidance is warranted when this medication is involved.

Proper Dosing Problem

There are plenty of places on the internet that will give you canine dosages for Tramadol. Seriously consider that this may not be the best source for your pet. Advice, in general, is all over the map online. Often people are providing their opinions based on just one dog. They don’t even bother to tell you the breed or weight of the pouch they’re referring to. Coming up with a correct Tramadol dose is truly critical and should be verified with a qualified veterinarian.

Pain Treatment Plan

Does your dog have a condition that can’t be effectively treated, like arthritis, or other chronic pain? You need a system for treating the pain without making them more sick. Some side effects are even worse than the original condition. Giving your dog medication, such as Tramadol, without informing your vet could set you up for such a highly unfortunate scenario.

Don’t take matters into your own hands but instead research things such as acupuncture, Rimadyl and Prednisone for your dog’s sake. Then you’ll be able to make the most of a vet’s consultation.

Importance of Vet Consultation

Your vet is the only one that can properly assess what’s wrong with your dog, how dire it is, and whether they can cure the problem or not. At the very least, they’ll be able to treat the pain and manage it which will improve your dog’s life. In fact, managing canine pain is one specialty of veterinarians. They know how to handle the needs of suffering dogs and often see pets that require meds just to keep going on a daily basis.

Conclusion on Tramadol

Yes, you can administer it but only with a prescription and instructions from your vet. Tramadol has been proven effective but it’s not approved by the FDA for use in dogs. Proper caution cannot be overstated here. Please consult with your veterinarian before providing this drug as they may recommend a few safer and more effective alternatives.

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David September, 2015

My 12 pound Pomeranian was still going pretty strong at 15 years. Eventually, I asked the vet for something because he would be restless at night and would bark for a majority of the night. I couldn’t get any sleep. The veterinarian prescribed Tramadol and he immediately went from a pretty strong elderly dog to sleeping almost 24/7.

He would not eat much but suddenly ate a lot on day 4, so I thought he was coming back to normal. But then he stopped eating again and his face started to swell up. I never gave him anymore than that one quarter of a pill. The dosage should have been 12mg according to the vet. One week later he was dead. The vet claims Tramadol does not cause face swelling but it’s all over the internet that it can.

I feel that Tramadol killed my dog after only one week and by just taking one quarter of a pill. Be careful! I would not give your dog any Tramadol.

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Jab August, 2015

Our Fox Red Lab, Ms. Bailey, is 12 years old and has a cancerous tumor on her hind right leg. She also tore her ACL on her left leg so the vet put her on Tramadol and Rimadyl. The medical college added Gabapentin once the cancer was diagnosed. I’m not a big fan of synthetic drugs so I’m trying to incorporate natural alternatives and lots of prayers. I give her a teaspoon of grated lemon zest 3 times a day, grated turmeric root 2 times a day and Treatibles every 4 hours.

Since starting this routine, she is no longer lethargic and her energy levels are much higher. I am going to add Cosequin to, hopefully, slowly replace the Rimadyl. My hope is that we can replace all the synthetic drugs with a natural alternatives. I don’t want her in any pain, so it will probably be a gradual process. According to my research, turmeric root can help to kill cancer cells and also prevents their formation and growth.

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Ginny August, 2015

I’m so sorry! You might want to try CanineActiv too. It’s all natural and relieves pain and inflammation. I know they send free samples to veterinarians.

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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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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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