There something that really hits us hard when we see an animal in pain. It often seems that we care a lot more about the pain our dog is in then when we see a human being in pain. I hope that I don’t sound like a monster, but it really breaks my heart when I see a pooch in pain and hear him squealing from pain, then my first thought is to carry him myself to the nearest vet and stay with him until he is out of danger. If I see a human being in pain, of course I’m not talking about gunshots or anything like that, then I am much calmer, simply call the paramedics and wait a few minutes until they get there.
Dogs have a much larger pain threshold than humans, but dog owners know very well that they can often suffer from the same medical conditions as humans. For instance, it is very common for a dog in later years to suffer from arthritis. This especially happens to larger dog types, like a doga.
Surgery is one option to help your dog if he is suffering from arthritis, but let this one be your last option. There are different drugs that you can give to your dog before you decide to do something as radical as send him on an operating table. Before you decide on an operation, you should first try giving him some medicine.
One drug that is really effective in treating arthritis in dogs is called Tramadol. Yes, that’s right, you probably heard that this drug is used for treating moderate to severely moderate pain as well as some other medical conditions in humans, now you know that it can also be used for treating arthritis in dogs.
Before you start giving Tramadol to your dog, you should first get a prescription from him and make sure that you can understand well what dosage to give him. The dosage may vary depending on his size and weight.
Your canine can take Tramadol with most other drugs, including supplements for treating joint pain. However, don’t give it to him if he is using Deprenyl (for senility or Cushing’s disease) or antidepressants for dogs. Also note that if you give him Amitraz (used against fleas) the sedating effects of Tramadol can be increased. Make sure that your vet knows what other drugs your dog is taking.
Like a human, a dog may also experience some side effects when taking a certain drug. The adverse effects of Tramadol on dogs are usually an upset stomach or a loss of appetite, which is fortunately only temporary. Also, it can have a slightly sedating effect on your canine (it can make him sleep more and slow down his heart rate. Some dogs can become a anxious as well. If your canine is taking Tramadol as a part of post-operative recovery, let him be sleepy and sedated for a few days, he will definitely need some rest. Also, make sure that he drinks enough water.