Treatment Name: Ultram etc. (tramadol)

Treatment Type: Medications

Rated for: Afghan Hound / German Shepherd Dog Mix

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Easy to use
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Limited efficacy for pain control in dogs

M Teiber DVM



Illinois, United States

Posted Jun. 21, 2018

I am not a big fan of tramadol for pain control in dogs osteoarthritis. Tramadol is an opioid medication often prescribed for post-surgical pain or for arthritis. It is often used as a 2nd medication when pain is not sufficiently controlled by traditional anti-inflammatory arthritis medications.

I have found that tramadol is just not that effective for pain in dogs. It can make them sleepy so they may appear more relaxed, but most studies show it doesn't do much for pain itself. Occasionally I have a patient who seems a little better when tramadol is added to their regimen, but more often than not it doesn't make a noticeable difference There are many other medications and supplements available for multimodal arthritis therapy that I rarely prescribe tramadol anymore.

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