Treating Canine Arthritis Pain With Tramadol for Dogs

Symptoms of canine arthritis can be controlled and treated using Tramadol for Dogs, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent. This medicine reduces inflammation, thus relieving pain and fighting disease progression.

Canine Arthritis

Canine arthritis, or osteoarthritis, kills cells that manufacture cartilage. It also kills the cartilage itself. This results in extreme joint pain, as the bones grind against each other without the cushion and tension relief provided by cartilage. The disease is progressive and usually develops as a result of infection, trauma or nutritional disorders. Large dogs are more at risk for canine arthritis because of the constant, heavy pressure on their joints. Older dogs are more prone to osteoarthritis as the body cannot recover as quickly from the stress on its joints and as cell function simply slows down. Symptoms of osteoarthritis include:

  • limping
  • declining to jump
  • slow movements when getting up
  • slower walk paces

Early treatment will delay progression.

What Is Tramadol?

Tramadol is a pain reliever that has been used by humans but has been introduced to the veterinary community to treat chronic pain in dogs, to be used as an alternative to NSAIDs (which can be dangerous for cats and dogs). Because tramadol is an opiate, it is also known to cause feelings of euphoria, which may reduce depression and anxiety in pets.

Administering Tramadol

Tramadol is usually prescribed as immediate release tablets and administered as needed every four to six hours. The tablet can be taken with or without food. Extended release tablets are also available and are given daily instead of as needed. They are also administered as a whole tablet and not ground or chewed.

Tramadol Side Effects

Tramadol could result in some unpleasant side effects, such as:

  • nausea
  • constipation
  • drop in heart rate
  • constricted pupils
  • dizziness
  • panting

Some more serious side effects resulting from overdose include:

  • seizures
  • tremors
  • hallucinations
  • pinpoint pupils
  • sweating
  • anxiety

Reduce the tramadol dosage if your dog develops abnormal behavior. Dogs that are taking selective serotonin inhibitors, such as Prozac, while taking tramadol may suffer from seizures or serotonin syndrome, which can be fatal. Interaction with other drugs such as tranquilizers, narcotics or anesthetics can greatly handicap the central nervous and respiratory systems. Tramadol is a recognized canine arthritis treatment that generally does not cause harmful side effects. The medicine can help your dog cope with the pain of osteoarthritis and also keep the disease from spreading.