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Series Pain Management in dogs: Tramadol

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Series: Chronic Arthritis Pain in Dogs

 
TRAMADOL
 
The second medication that I use in my mobile practice in San Jose in treating older dogs with chronic arthritis is a drug called Tramadol. It can be used alone but more importantly in conjunction with NSAIDS. Tramadol is an excellent choice for canine patients inadequately controlled on NSAIDs alone and for those intolerant to NSAIDs.  Tramadol is a short acting opiod derivative, which exerts its effects on several different pain pathways. Best of all, it has relatively few side effects and compatible with most medications.
 
Initial dosing usually starts at 3 to 5 mg/kg TID to QID for dogs. The dose can be increased up to 5 to 10 mg/kg QID for more difficult to manage canine cases. At these higher doses some sedation may be evident and constipation may occur with long-term use.
Tramadol may decrease seizure threshold. It should be used with caution in patients with a history of seizure activity. Tramadol may potentiate the sedative influence of other medications.
 
Pain control of chronic arthritis pain can significantly and safely improve the quality of life of your older dog. For an evaluation if these medications can help please contact our house call practice
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