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tramadol in petsTramadol has come up as an easy solution for painful conditions. It is very effective for moderate to severe pain arising from arthritis, muscle aches, injuries or surgeries.  The use of Tramadol is not limited for humans only. It has also been used for pain management amongst animals. It is part of a wide group of drugs which are used safely for both, humans and animals. Although medicine works by same mechanism of action, there are lot of differences between its uses in both species.

Animals also feel pain and respond to pain just as humans do. Pain also has physical effect and psychological effect. Major difference lies in expression of feeling as these animals can’t speak out their problems. It is very difficult for a lay person to identify the signs and symptoms of a painful condition in pets. A veterinarian can observe certain signs like change in voice, eyes, heart rate, salivation, appetite, limping or abnormal behaviour. Therefore only a veterinarian is the right person to decide the justified use of Tramadol for your pet!

Why Tramadol for pets?

You might be aware that Tramadol is a narcotic like pain killer. Although it works same way as morphine does, but it is comparatively safer and cheaper than morphine. Therefore Tramadol is becoming first choice amongst veterinarians as pain killer. There is a concern about dependency, but incidences are very rare.

The applicability of Tramadol is very wide! There are number of other options in form of NSAIDs (Non Steroidal Anti inflammatory Drugs), which are cheaper than Tramadol. But there is always risk of damaging kidney while using NSAIDs. In addition, the effect of different NSAIDs varies among different animals.

Keeping above points in mind, Tramadol seems much safer and common option available for almost all the animals. It is to be noted that, FDA has not approved the use of Tramadol among animals. But still veterinarians prefer Tramadol as an acceptable option.

The cost is another factor which you have to take into account. The medicines used for animals are also expensive. But you will not want to see your pet suffering in anguish of pain. In this case, Tramadol is much cheaper and easily available drug.  It provides an assurance to the pet owner that his/her beloved pet is free from the agony.

Tramadol cautions for pets:

You should keep couple of things in mind before using Tramadol for pets.

  • The dose among humans and animals are completely different. And also remember that you cannot use the same dose for all the animals.
  • The recommended dose for dog is, 0.5 mg/lb to 1.8 mg/lb to be taken orally with a time gap of every 8 to 12 hours.
  • Tramadol is not completely safe for animals. It can be associated with side effects like nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, abnormal heart rates, constipation, drowsiness, panting and anxiety.

Therefore it is better to leave the use of Tramadol in hands of veterinarian.