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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:26 AM in Pain Medications
I have to ask if anyone has ever had this experience before.....

I take Ultram- have been taking it for practically ever.... Im one of the few people that think that it works quite well a lot of the time for certain kinds of pain.... Of course Ive posted my probs on the WELCOME forum and Ultram is just PART of a med schedule I am on to control chronic pain from spinal probs.. ANYWAY---

I have an old dachshund who has arthritis and he limps and stuff when he first wakes up... I took the old guy to the vet today and after he looked him over, he handed me a bottle of meds to give him.. Half of a pill in the morning and half at night.... ITs TRAMADOL! It is 100% the same tramadol that is in my bottle, same thing exactly- right down to the numbers on the pills. A doggy on tramadol??

Ive read HORRRRROR stories about tramadol addictions and running out and w/drawls from it. I feel horrible giving that to my dog, (funny I dont feel horrible taking it myself but i wouldnt give it to my dog, huh?).... BUT still. I just had to ask if anyones ever had a dog who was prescribed tramadol before?

AND, also wondered if all dog meds are just HUMAN meds prescribed in smaller doses?

Thnx all!




  • My dog Shadow was on tramadol before he passed away,he had cancer,they do use tramadol for dogs he was on 50mgs as needed for pain,he had a tumor between his toes.
  • Im IM PAIN so of course I dont want my poor dog in pain, ya know! So if it will help him feel better there is NO WAY i would bypass the vets advice and not give it to him. It just freaked me out that its the same thing as what I have lol...
    He isnt even very old- He'll be six this year, but every time he sleeps or lays down (which is all the time- lol) he gets totally stiff and is very slow to get up then limps for quite a few minutes before he starts walking right. He certainly appears to be in a lot of pain! I feel so bad for him.
    I hope tramadol doesnt make him sick though! Did your dog do ok with it?
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  • NO KIDDING- thank you so much for posting that! I feel better about it already.
    Do you think it helped him????
  • My little dog who was 14 and passed away 3 days before Christmas was on Tramadol......she had cancer.

  • Most vet medicines come from the same pharmacies we humans use. My cat takes the same allergy medicine that my daughter takes. Benadryl. It's just harder to get down my cat than it is my daughter. :)))
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  • my 14 year old English Setter, Merc, takes Rimadyl, 10mg, 1/2 pill/day. I know that's a doggie med, but I wanted to tell you that I've been making my Merc a homemade doggy stew for almost a year and I swear it's added two years to his life. It's so good for him and he loves it.

    Let me know if you - or anyone else - would like the recipe.

  • Hi Cath, I would love to have it.
    Ill try anything!
    I gave him the tramadol as the vet prescribed and he really does seem to get up better, so far. It doesnt seem to make him sick either.

    In my case its easier to get this down his throat than it is to get my daughter to take anything lol. My daughter hates to take meds. Thankfully she never gets sick !

    To BIGCAT and SHAR- Very very sorry to hear about your pets- Thats a nightmare to me, I cant stand to even think about one of these little guys (and a girl) going to doggie heaven and im sure its really difficult. =((
  • Years ago my cat Puff started getting short of breath from a reaction to her vaccine. She was started on prednisone, but unfortunately she died and she was 9 years old only. I came home to find her on the floor and tried to do CPR on her but I didn't know where her heart was. I only tried because she was still warm. I hope she didn't suffer. It was very painful for me to lose her. She was my best friend from 19 until I was almost 29. I worked for a Doctor at the time and he saw me crying and I was working and he said she's only a cat! I straightened up and stopped crying I still have dreams of her sometimes. Me and my husband have taken in a hobo cat but since it may have been in a crack house it scratched me and hubby a few times we may have to take it to the humane society because of the brain damage. It's very hard to lose a pet. But if it's suffering eventually we have to let them go because we don't want them to suffer. Sorry to write so much but I hope your old doggy won't suffer too much. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Here you go, J. I make this about every four days, but Merc is 50 lbs, so with this amount, you probably won't have to make it so often. You can also tweak the ingredients (i.e. make the carrot bits larger or smaller, depending on your doggie's preference).

    2 lbs. Lean ground beef (97/3)
    1-1/2 C Carrots, chopped (unpeeled is ok)
    1-1/2 C Frozen peas or green beans
    1 Large can kidney beans (drained)
    1/3 C Wheat germ
    3/4 C Wheat macaroni noodles
    3/4 C Brown rice
    3/4 C Barley
    9 (+/-) C Water

    Brown the ground beef (don't drain, doggies need a little fat in their diet). Add in all the other ingredients. Stir and bring to a boil. When boiling, cover and boil gently for 45 min.

    If your doggie has trouble with the little fat remaining from the ground beef, go ahead and drain. I tend to need slightly more than 9 cups of water to keep it moist.

    When it's done, I have a designated tupperware container I put it in then keep in the fridge. For each meal dole out the amount needed and microwave before putting in his dish.

    If Merc is a little finicky, I sprinkle a little bit of Parmesan on it (OMG, is this dog spoiled or what???). His favorite is when it's fresh out of the pan. :D

    I look forward to hearing about how your little baby likes it. Merc looks forward to all his meals since I started feeding him this and, like I said, it's added years to his life. :X

  • Charry- Oh my gosh what a story!
    What your boss said is truly horrible- These animals are not just cats and dogs. I love my dogs so much- and that might make me sound like a kid, but I do. I have kids and they love them too.
    I only had one dog when I was young, and it was actually a dachshund too. Me and my twin sis were outside playing one day and the mail man ran over him right in front of us. Thats the only experience I have w/losing a pet. I was so young that I didnt totally "get it". So when something happens with the dogs I have now, like I said, Id rather not think about it!
    Bailey will be six this year, which isnt even that old for a dachshund, so hopefully even though he is starting with the arthritis, he still has a lot of years in him!!!

    Cath- thanks so much! Im going to the store later on and will be buying the ingredients for this. My dogs are also very spoiled. Its really BAD LOL! SO I totally understand where you are coming from! We sleep w/them, kiss them constantly, even my husband! Hes a big softie when it comes to these dogs!

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