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   Posted 8/25/2011 9:58 PM (GMT -6)   
so we have a 12 year old border collie who's having some real issues with her bones/joints...the vet gave her a prescription for tramadol...i didn't do to the vet with my wife, but isn't tramadol a human pain killer?  they give it to dogs also? me and the dog are both on pain killers- haha.  funny...well not really.

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   Posted 8/25/2011 10:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow I would imagine the strength would be minimal??? I have ativan for my dogs because they get motion sickness extremely bad so when we travel they need it, but there dose is the lowest they make and I have to cut it in 1/16. Its been awhile since I have taken them travelling because we just takes breaks where someone stays home with the dogs because they are getting old and we don't want to drug them until we have too.
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   Posted 8/25/2011 11:48 PM (GMT -6)   
There are a lot of medications that are used in both human and veterinarian medicine.

Sometimes they are identical and other times the actual formulation is different.
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   Posted 8/26/2011 1:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I was going to say what Jim said...So diddo. Our animals have also been on the exact prescriptions that our family has taken. It is funny to know that both our bodies kind of work in the same way...Lol

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I too take Tramadol.

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   Posted 8/26/2011 3:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Actually - as a vet, though sadly an unemployed one because of my CP and related problems, - yep, tramadol is quite often used as a pain killer in dogs. One situation is as a home palliative in canine cancer patients - obviously we have access to euthanasia in animals when pain becomes uncontrollable, so heavy duty narcotics are not appropriate in the veterinary context as they are in the human one. Another is the one you've mentioned - to manage joint pain, especially for ongoing pain in an older animal.

If it's a joint problem as against a bone problem causing her pain, ask your vet about injections of a drug called pentosan. It's believed to work by maintaining cartilage and encouraging joint fluid production. It might also be worth thinking about putting her on a glucosamine supplement...they're really not much different from us.

Most of the drugs are the same - I've even (doing my clinical training in a referrals clinic) used gabapentin for managing neuropathic pain!

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   Posted 8/26/2011 4:24 AM (GMT -6)   
My german shepherd has also been prescribed tramadol. She had "growing pains" so the vet put her on it as needed. I still give it to her occasionally as she will always have joint issues. I've also had dogs and cats put on human antibiotics --- if it's a newbie at the phamacy they kind of look at you like what do you mean this is for an animal?

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   Posted 8/26/2011 8:07 AM (GMT -6)   
My Labrodor retriever gets tramadol too. And dogs metabolize tramadol faster than humans so although he only weighs 70 pounds his dose is higher than mine.
It seems to really help him too.

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   Posted 8/26/2011 10:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Not only was my sister's dog taking a higher dose of tramadol than me, his tramadol was a lot cheaper.

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   Posted 8/26/2011 11:13 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks all! the dose is 50 mg, but we cut them in half for her. we're also giving her glucosamine and we have rumadyl (sp?) but hate to give it to her...i should ask the vet to switch her script to percocets so we could share! hahahaha
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   Posted 8/27/2011 5:41 AM (GMT -6)   
If your dog is on a daily dose of Tramadol...have his liver enzymes checked periodically.  My dog was on a daily dose for five years after having a hip replacement...his liver started to shut down and the vet did not even suspect Tramadol...some forms have Tylenol in them.  After spending $2000 on ultra sounds, all kinds of extensive blood work and sending a biopsy to Cornell...I was told it was probably liver cancer and he should be put down.  I did my own research and found out Tramadol can cause rising liver enzymes in pets as well as people.  I weaned him off and his enzymes were back to normal in two weeks.  He lived another four years...
I'm not saying this will happen to your dog...just saying to have those enzymes checked every six months.  If I had done that it would have saved us and the poor doggie from all that unnecessary upset.  We love our pets!!

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   Posted 8/27/2011 7:33 AM (GMT -6)   
wow. thanks vestabula! i will definitely mention to the vet! we don't give it to her everyday- only when she looks like she's having trouble. she has her good days where she plays with our other BC and herds our chickens! it's so funny. anything with tylenols scares me. personally i just had my doc wwitch me from pers to ocycodone without the tylenol...
37 year old male living in AZ. Diagnosed with Crohns at age of 15.
Currently on 20 mg prednisone. still taking Asacol. Done with Remicade- antibody level was over 8! Waiting for scope results to see about Humira or Cimzia.
In the middle of a bad flare now for 2's been one heck of a ride!
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