Can I Give My Dog Tramadol?

Can I Give My Dog Tramadol?When your dog is in severe pain, and the pain is expected to last them for the long term, you are probably wondering if you can give them a drug like Tramadol. This is a prescription drug that is used by humans in order to treat pain that occurs 24/7 and is expected to last a long time.

If your dog has been diagnosed with a specific condition, or they are at that time in their life where they are in constant pain, the best course of action is to take them to the vet to see what the best treatment are. The veterinarian can decide which drugs will work the best for your dog’s specific situation.

That way you are not treating your dog with a strong prescription drug that has a high chance of getting the dosage incorrect, and is not tested on canines. You definitely don’t want to make your dog’s condition any worse, so it’s best not to take dosage instructions from random internet forums, and have you done properly treated by a professional.

Can I Give My Dog Tramadol? Answer: Not Recommended

This is not a drug that you would want to give your dog, as there are better treatment options available tailored especially for them. If you were to buy Tramadol for your pet, you would need a prescription from the vet. If you happen to have some on hand from your own prescription, you shouldn’t give it to your dog. There is simply too much room for error here.

Human Medication and Dogs

There’s no good way to adjust the dosage to magically make human medication good for a dog. The physiology of the bodies are different, and adjusting for size and weight is not enough. This pain treatment is effective in dogs, but is best used by prescription only so that you can have the peace of mind that your dog is feeling better. Since they won’t be able to tell you if a drug like Tramadol is working or not, you want to be very sure of the type and amount of drug you’re giving them.

Long Term Pain Treatment

When your dog has a condition that can’t be treated, like arthritis, or other chronic pain, you’ll need to come up with a system of how to treat the pain without making them more sick, or causing side effects that are even worse than the original condition. Giving your dog medication, say Tramadol, without informing your vet is not smart.

You also have to keep in mind drug interactions if they are already taking something else for a different problem. As the owner your job is pretty straightforward. You simply take care of the little things on your own, and if your dog needs extra care, you enlist the help of the vet. Don’t take matters into your own hands.

Consulting with Your Vet

The reason it’s so important to be in direct consultation with your vet is because they will be the ones that can properly assess what’s wrong with your dog, how dire it is, and whether they can cure the problem or not. Managing pain in dogs is one specialty of veterinarians.

They’ve likely seen hundreds if not thousands of dogs reach their final stages of life. They know how to handle the needs of dogs in pain. They see dogs who need medication just to keep going on a daily basis.

This means that they have tons of experience in addition to all of the studying they’ve done over the years. They’re also required to keep up on the latest findings in the veterinary field, so you know you’re getting the best advice from the right source.

Getting the Best Advice

There are plenty of places on the internet that will give you canine dosages for Tramadol, but you have to consider that this may not be the best source for getting caring for your beloved pet. K9 advice, in general, is all over the map online.

Let’s face it, sometimes even misguided vets are providing bad information or poor care. Often people are providing advice based on one dog and they don’t bother to tell you the breed or the weight of the dog, or how they are coming up with the dosage calculations.

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Julia November 4, 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 26, 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 16, 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 8/26/14 he passed away. With his condition of the large cancerous mass, I’m sure this is what caused him to pass. Anyway, I still don’t think I would choose Tramadol for any other of my pets. Wish everyone else the best in their decisions. It may work good for you.

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Kathy August 24, 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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Pam August 16, 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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