Adequan isn't working as well as it has been for Ernies H.D. and joint issues. He has been in pain and this week the vets have put him on 2 weeks Tramadol and rest. His spine has lumps and they aren't sure if it is spurs, or other. They will assess him in a couple of weeks with the intention of long term Tramadol.
He is on Prednisone for his IBD and can't have Metacam with the Pred or his gut issues.
Anyone have any advice as to side effects.
No advice - but so sorry for Ernie's troubles. Poor guy!
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
My male yellow lab, Cooper, was on Tramadol for at least the last four years of his life. He was born with bilateral elbow dysplasia. He had open elbow surgery at 13 mths to remove bone chips that were acting like broken glass in his left elbow joint. He then did 8 months of Aquatic Physical Therapy 2 x week. The right elbow was not quite as bad and the left elbow would never be strongest enough to be the dominant front leg so no surgery on the right. All this gave him about 3 years of reasonable pain level. After many meds and trial and error we finally had to put him on Tramadol. Toward the end he was taking 200 mgs regularly and sometimes an additional 100 mgs on bad days. Thank Goodness for the Tramadol, he was able to still enjoy his life with a tolerable pain level. At age 6 years he turned wrong and blew out his right elbow joint. We had not choice. Aug 7th 2009 very sad day. My advise, as advised by your Vet, give him the Tramadol. Sure beats the alternative.
From what I understand, it is safer than using the drugs like Rimadyl and Deramaxx, etc.
I know humans that take Tramadal several times a day for years for pain management.
Hope it works for Erns. It might make his sleepy in the beginning.
One of the things my clinic recommends for chronic pain dogs, particularly if they are on steroids, is gabapentin in addition to Duralactin. This combo is on the advice of the Veterinary Pain Specialist here. This has been very sucessful with several of our hip and elbow dysplasia dogs. Plus we have OES that has the worst spondylosis ever that is now able to get around quite well. Neither of these are expensive and at least in the states, are readily available. Plus the dog can continue to take Tramadol while on the other meds.
No advice, just lots of good thoughts and smooches coming Ernie's way!!