... him for four days and found he was really injured. We don't know what happened. He has a horrible bruise along his spine. The vet prescribed tramadol. Quarter of a tablet. I was very nervous to give this. I followed a vets intrusctuons re: medication for my cat and the medication was metacam. My cat healed from surgery and died from renal failure due to the medication. Had I researched this I would have known that metacam should not have been administered to a cat. Definitely not by me everyday. Those were my vets instructions. Obviously I see another vet now. They don't even give that medication to dogs. I think you need to seek professional help, however we have to be our own advocates as well. Not everyone practice's medicine the same and ethically
Hi, Pamela! Metacam is routinely given to both dogs and cats. In fact, Metacam is one of the very few analgesics approved for use in felines.
Renal complications usually occur after inaccurate dosing and long-term use.
The fact that a particular clinic adheres to a certain policy does not make them more knowledgable, more professional, nor ethical.
My sympathy on your loss. WildcatVet
Hi, regarding the Metacam, there is a feline version for cats, the canine version should never be given to cats. Regarding Tramadol, it can be quite safely given to dogs as an analgesic. For your dogs weight, a quarter of a (50mg) tablet is a good/safe dose. I completely understand your concerns. Hopefully you won't need to use the Tramadol for more than a week, which will limit any side effects. I hope your dog is feeling better soon & I'm so sorry to hear about your cat
- Tramadol Information for Consumers
- Tramadol Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Tramadol (detailed)
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