Tramadol for Pets
It can be hard for a veterinarian to gauge how much pain your pet or other animals are in. There are many tell tale signs that will show a veterinarian the level of pain an animal may be experiencing, but the best way is through the owner because they are so close to their pets.
Scientifically it is hard to prove what level of pain an animal can be in, but we do know it varies from species to species. One way a veterinarian will often determine if an animal is in extreme pain is by simply pinching an animal’s claw or toe. It the animal doesn’t react immediately, it can be determined logically that the pain the animal is experiencing clearly overrides the test.
Why Use Tramadol with your Pets?
Tramadol for pets and other animals is highly regarded and effective for veterinarian use, especially in mammals. It is administered for post-operative, injury related or chronic pain such as cancers. It is also very effective for treating older animals that endure joint pain, such as hip dysplasia or spinal arthritis.
Because of the chemical makeup of Tramadol, it is especially effective for treating animals because of its non-bitter taste, which can be easily masked in foods or liquids. Tramadol is also recommended as a wonderful alternative to NSAIDs (Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs), which can be toxic to cats.
Bellow are some of the forms of Tramadol used for animal administration:
- Oral syrups
- Powders for reconstitution
Although Tramadol use has been primarily used to treat mammals, data has also shown its effectiveness on marsupials; however, Tramadol use on reptiles and amphibians is currently unknown.
Tramadol not only treats pain, but can also serve a dual purpose in treating anxiety, especially if a pet or animal has experienced an injury related trauma. This may also be effective in the field where a wild animal may have to be treated and transported.
The dosage of Tramadol given to your pet will vary according to its specific pain control program given by your veterinarian, species and/or weight of the animal. Keep in mind that as much as we’d like to think our four legged friends are like the rest of us, they cannot effectively communicate when something is wrong.
Here is a common recommendation for dogs and cats:
- Dogs: 1 to 2mg given twice per day
- Cats: .5 to 1mg given twice per day
Tramadol Side Effects
There can be many different reactions to animals being treated with Tramadol. Although Tramadol is a very effective pain treatment program for your pet or animal, you should use extreme caution on the amount being administered and follow your veterinarian’s instruction.
Side effects of Tramadol use in animals are as follows:
- Upset stomach
- Shallow breathing
- Decreased heart rate
- Loss of appetite