I am concerned the dosage is too strong?
Vet prescribed tramadol 50 mg for 11 pound dog?
Question posted by Leslie McCullah on 22 Feb 2020
Last updated on 22 February 2020
13 year old Papillion jumped out of large SUV onto concrete. His legs immediately went limp. I put him back into the car and hurried off to his vet. He was placed on an I-V drip for several hours. When he was released, he was wobbly, but mobile. He has been taking prednisone 2X for the last 2 days. He has no broken bones, but the vet feels there may be some nerve damage. Today, the dog seems to have regressed. He is now knuckling. The vet seems to feel that he should now start Tramadol. I am concerned that my 13 year old dog will be overwhelmed by the dosage of 50mg.
The usual dosage of tramadol to treat pain in dogs is 0.45 to 1.8 mg per pound of body weight given every 8 to 12 hours. Tramadol is available in 50mg tablets... verify that your veterinarian prescribed the full 50mg dose BEFORE you give the drug. It most likely was a miscommunication.
Do NOT crush or split the pill without your veterinarian's instructions.
I'm sorry that your little buddy was injured and I hope all goes well for him in his recovery.
First off, you have done a great job getting your papillon to age 13. Be proud, not too many dogs live to the age of 13.
I believe your vet it's correct by prescribing the 50 mg tramadol.
Nerve/tendon injuries can be very painful, especially for an older dog. Also, you mentioned knuckling. Knuckling is a sign of wobbling. If your dog is dragging their rear paws then I believe your Vet has the correct diagnosis.
Anyway, you know your dog best. If you do feel that the 50 mg of tramadol is too high you could cut the pill in half as long as it's not tramadol ER (extended release).
If you do give your dog the tramadol the signs and symptoms of an overdose are: Labored breathing, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, tremors (seizure) and restlessness.
Remember, the dog will still be in distress because of the pain.
Hope all goes well!
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