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Veterinary Help: Tramadol for Cats and Dogs

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by Brittany Vickers

Ever since I was a little kid growing up on my parent’s farm, I have been an animal lover.  We always had several cats around the house and in the barn and we always had at least two dogs running around too, not to mention the cows, chickens, horses and goats that we had on the farm.  I decided at the young age of 5 that I wanted to be a veterinarian and my parents helped me to follow through on that dream.  Now, I run my own veterinarian practice and every day I seem to enjoy my job a little more.  Don’t get me wrong, my job has its fair share of challenges and it is always difficult to see an animal in pain, but I wouldn’t trade my job for anything in the world.

One thing that I have noticed since starting my practice is that people can not stand to see their beloved pets in pain.  Dogs and cats have become such an integral part of so many families and when they go through pain, the owners definitely suffer too.  However, I often find myself explaining to pet owners that, just like humans, animals do experience pain as they get older and that is completely normal.  For example, arthritis in dogs can be quite common as they get up in years, just as cat joint pain is normal for many older cats.  Most pet owners just want to know what they can do to help their beloved pet live a long and healthy life.  When they ask what options they have to help ease dog joint pain or their dogs arthritis, I usually suggest Tramadol for dogs.  In fact, I usually prescribe Tramadol for cats that are suffering with joint pain or arthritis too.  I have found that for joint pain dogs and cats both respond quite well to taking Tramadol.

Most dogs and cats respond well to taking Tramadol to ease pain associated with arthritis, but I also use it to help with pain management after a surgical procedure for both dogs and cats.  Of course, the Tramadol dosage for dogs and the Tramadol dosage for cats varies because typically, dogs are much larger than most cats.  Below is an example dosage for both dogs and cats:

Tramadol dosage dogs: start dosage of 1-2 mg/kg (taken twice daily)

Tramadol dosage cats: start dosage of .5-1 mg/kg (taken twice daily)

As I mentioned above, the starting dosage varies depending on the size of the dog or cat and the severity of the pain.  Also, while I typically tell pet owners that this is the dosage to start out with, I also make sure to tell them to come and see me before administering Tramadol if their pet has stopped taking it for a prolonged period of time.  It is always a good idea to bring your pet to their veterinarian before starting or stopping any medication, and Tramadol is no exception to this rule.

One of the aspects of my job that I enjoy the most is the feeling of pride that I have when a pet owner thanks me for helping their pet to live a more healthy and pain free life.  There is no greater satisfaction for me than to hear how Tramadol for dogs helped Fido with his joint pain.  Dogs bring a smile to their owner’s face when they are healthy but when they are in pain, you can tell in an instant because they just don’t act the way that they usually do.  Your dog wants to see you happy.  Dogs absolutely thrive off of their owner’s energy.  So many dog owners just assume that there really isn’t much that they can do when their pooch gets to the age where arthritis in dogs becomes more common.  However, as a veterinarian, I know that both cat joint pain and dog joint pain can be alleviated by taking Tramadol.

Just this past summer, my oldest dog, Eddie, turned 12 years old.  Eddie is a Jack Russell Terrier and he still has plenty of spunk, but I noticed that he was moving a little slower and was having problems walking when we went on long walks.  What did I do you ask?  Well, I followed my own advice and after careful consideration, I gave Eddie Tramadol for his dog joint pain.  It wasn’t more than two weeks and Eddie was back to his old self, chasing rabbits and squirrels around the back yard and loving every minute of it!

2 Responses to “Veterinary Help: Tramadol for Cats and Dogs”

  1. Tanya Boyd says:

    i have a 9yr old weiner dog. in the past several months she has ben having problems jumping up and down off couch, running and now even walking more then 20 or 30 yards when we let her out. my friend gave me her dogs tramadol that her vet perscribed. it worked wonders on my saadey girl. She had alomost a complete turn around w/in a weeks time back to playing and even able to walk up and down steps to go outside. she was in so much pain to the point she would urinate in her bed because she couldnt get up.and has never had accidents before. i cannot afford to take her to a vet. i called several places and got prices. i just cant afford it and all she needs is tramadol in the morning to help her thru the day. we pray for your help and advice. thank u.

  2. Bridget Bartoll says:

    If our pet is on it for long periods of time, couldn’t they get addicted to it and experience withdraws when suddenly taken off? That could be very dangerous and do you explain that to owners when you give them this medication? Thank you!