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Large Breed, Chronic Pain, Tramadol ER
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    Shaune is offline New Member
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    Question Large Breed, Chronic Pain, Tramadol ER

    My 12 year old Black Lab lives with severe arthritis in his front legs, he limps and is obviously lame. He has that unbreakable Lab spirit and God love him for it. As he ages, he has required more meds to maintain comfort and a decent quality of life. Now that his pain meds include 300mg of Tramadol in (3) 100mg doses, t.i.d., it seems like we are constantly medicating the poor guy. I am aware of the Extended Release versions of Tramadol which would greatly simplify the regimen, provide a consistent level of pain mngt and reduce highs and lows. I cannot see a negative, but my vet did not even know of an ER Tramadol, neither did two of her partner vets. Why? Its not a secret.

    The pills are very small and easy to administer so as to avoid chewing/crushing, which would release all the active med at one time. Such would not kill the dog, they may feel really good and require watching for resp depression during the peak plasma level which is a short 2-4hrs, but all is reversible with Narcan if need be. Short of this possibility, why would any vet be against what seems to be a good case for Tramadol ER use? My question is simple, what is the GI travel time for the average canine after ingesting food, meds, any solid? Will an ER medication be evacuated before the delayed benefits can are realized? Any logical assistance is greatly appreciated.

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    catsrus is offline New Member
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    I hope what I can tell you helps.... First of all I am not a fan of giving dogs's a horrible drug for humans and even a few doses can cause bad withdrawal! Has your Vet tried your dog on Rymedel not sure of the spelling or has your vet recommended glucosamine tablets and V3 Fish oil pills or a really good medication that you can get cheaper on Amazon....Dasiquin for dogs. I had a German shepherd who was on the glucosamine & fish oil pills....I got them in SAMs club and he got 3 of the fish oil pills & 2 of the glucosamine pills mixed in with his food every day and he did great on them. Unfortunately I found out about the Dasiquin to late for him but it worked wonders for my 10 year old cat...he lived another 5 years with out arthritic problems. The dog had Lupus plus arthritis and had suffered with a bone infection because of it which resulted in early onset of the arthritis....but the glucosamine worked great as did the fish oil pills. The Dasiquine is made for joint pain in animals...there is also another one called Cosequine, but I checked the ingredients in both and the Dasiquin was better, in my opinion. My dog was started on Tramadol and it made him sick and he was not himself! Also, if you have a University near you with a good Veterinary college at it, try taking your dog there or if you can find a Vet Orthopedic specialist that would be great. Hope this can give you some help!

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    CluelessMe is offline New Member
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    I believe I can help. I have a large amount of veterinary knowledge from a lifetime of working with large animals and have also always had dogs. My current one is 15 years old & blind and takes WAY too many pills. Of everything, the Tramadol was the worst because even with the "vanilla flavored drops" she would eventually taste the tramadol and spit up. My vet had to make a few hours of calls, but found a pharmacy that would compound this medication into a gel form that you simply dab onto the inner ear at night. Most times she doesn't even wake up when I'm applying it Hope this helps you. It sure has helped us!!!

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