Tramadol (Ultram) – For My Dog?

I’ve just learned that Tramadol is often subscribed to adults who suffer chronic moderate to severe joint pain. So because our dog ruptured her CCL ligament in her knee, does that automatically qualify her for Tramadol? A drug that is used to treat joint pain in humans? I was looking at the Ultram (fancy name for Tramadol – if you ask me Tramadol sounds more fancy) website and saw that dosage should be started at 25 mg/day.

Our dog gets 1-1 1/2 50mg pills 3 times a day. So, where a normal, let’s say 150lb. adult would be taking 75 mg/day, our 60lb Pit Bull is taking 150mg-225mg/day. I really hope that this helps make up for the fact that she is stuck in a cage all day every day for the next 2-3 months.

PS – I realize painkillers are sometimes a “recreational” drug now, so I went ahead and put this post into my “Sports/Recreation” category as well. 😉

5 thoughts on “Tramadol (Ultram) – For My Dog?”

  1. Wow, seems like she is having a really hard time, I have never heard of tramadol been prescribed to a dog, tramadol works by decreasing the brain’s perception and response to pain, i wonder how your dog is feeling with such a high dosage of this drug

  2. i have a 150lb cane corso that had a 2 1/2″x2 1/2″ gash to the top of his head pretty much to his skull. he was given a script of tramadol 50mg every 8 to 12 hours and helped so much. there was no side affects or anything. it helps them calm down so their bodies can heal just like how we are. understand you can like or dislike pain meds but animals hurt like we do..they feel pain. they are more active and have to let themselves heal.

  3. I have a rescue from a farm, she’s a Norwegian Elkhound, 95lbs approx 10 years old. She was shot near her tail as a puppy, still has several pellets in her lower spine. Someone also cut off her tail; it took years for to lift her little tail to wag. :) At approx 2, she lost her kidney and now has 30% of one kidney working. I’ve tried holistic meds with natural remedies to no avail. She now takes Rimadyl and as of today is prescribed 3/50mg pills/every 8-12 hours. Looking at your blogs, I’m very concerned about the dosage. I know she need some additional pain control but will continue to research the impact on her kidney/appropriate dosage. I really hope I can help make her comfortable so she will walk more and facilitate with weight loss.

  4. I know that sounds like alot for a dog, since human consuption starts at 25mg working yourself up to 100mg/ dose, they are also cr, (controlled release) the rx u get for animals is not. Dogs metabolise at a different rate then humans, but will still display the same side effects if allergic or has been given too much.

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