My dog + Fentanyl patch

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   Posted 9/16/2010 5:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I have two English Bulldogs that I love, love, love!

Last weekend my female had to undergo surgery for a patellar luxation (her knee was slipping out of place) which caused her to limp and really favor her leg....

I was quite surprised to find out she came home with a- Fentanyl Transdermal 50 mcg/hr patch stuck to her thigh! I just wanted to share because I found it very interesting... and
never knew such things were used to treat animals.

Post Edited (Draka) : 9/16/2010 4:09:24 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 9/16/2010 7:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow! That's crazy. 50mcg on a tiny dog (well, bulldogs aren't that tiny, but still). I can't even tolerate 25s. I can't imagine. Hope it helps your doggie.


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   Posted 9/16/2010 7:42 PM (GMT -6)   
WOW on a dog, I mean I know they take a lot of human's meds but the patch, I am shocked.

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   Posted 9/16/2010 7:52 PM (GMT -6)   
How is your dog coping with it?
Don't they take a few days to build up in your system anyway?
Thats pretty far out isn't it? golitho

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   Posted 9/16/2010 8:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Draka,

Sending a dog home on fentanyl post-op is pretty common practice. We don't use fentanyl patches in the clinic that I work at, but many clinics do use them. It is problematic for veterinarians to prescribe opioid pain meds for animals post-op, or otherwise, because of the potential for human use/abuse of their pet's meds. For that reason, some vets prefer to send their patients home on long acting fentanyl patches, that way the pet gets pain relief for a few days & the patch is essentially worthless if removed, so they don't have to worry about the human misuse.

In the clinic that I work at, we use ketamine as both an anesthetic and analgesic for dogs & cats on the day of surgery, and then send them home on metacam (a strong synthetic non-opioid pain reliever) if needed, and/or an anti-inflammatory. Usually, however, routine spay/neuter patients just get sent home on OTC aspirin if needed. The only opioid we ever send an animal home with is tramadol, or in very rare cases, torbugesic. Many clinics also use injectable morphine, or dilaudid on animals in their hospital, but the vets that I work for prefer ketamine or non-opioid options (although they are somewhat "old school" in their ways).


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   Posted 9/17/2010 4:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I've heard of animals being sent home with fentanyl patches before, but always on bigger dogs, never for small/toy dogs. My baby boy got neutered last may and they sent him home with an anti-inflammatories to take 5 days afterwards, but when I was reading the paper for everything they used on the bill, MAN, they drugged him up good, he got all kinds of stuff, including Buprenorphine, which is the same thing I use for pain. But it does still shock me the patch thing, considering that it says on the patches for use on opioid tolerant patients only, and I've never heard of a dog being opioid tolerent, but maybe, more then likely, dog's systems can handle things like that, where on humans we could overdose....and I hope nobody ever takes a patch off an animal for their own use, and letting the poor animal suffer in pain, those people belong in prison for a long time (sorry, I just love animals too much), I'm sure some people have done it before, and it makes me sick!!!

anyways, how is your dog doing?? is he healing good??

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   Posted 9/17/2010 6:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Ok, Stupid Question....Don't they think that there is a risk that the dog would get it off somehow and injest it?
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   Posted 9/17/2010 6:52 AM (GMT -6)   
My 70 pound dog gets more tramadol then I do-and it is easier to get it for him then it is to get it for me.

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   Posted 9/18/2010 4:27 PM (GMT -6) guess is that the vet would put on a collar that looks like a lamp shade and it doesn't allow the dog to turn and reach the patch or wound......I'm no vet but I'm sure I've put a few of their kids through university with the bills I've had to pay to keep my animals in good shape over the years.

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   Posted 9/18/2010 10:03 PM (GMT -6)   
i have seen a 50mcg patch on a pomerainian [sp?] with having any problemss. it slept for 3 days
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