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Tramadol For Dogs Calculator

By Łucja Zaborowska
Last updated: Feb 03, 2021

Tramadol for dogs calculator will not only alleviate your dog's pain but will also ease your stress about your beloved pet. 🐶

Keep on scrolling and find out how to check and calculate the safe tramadol dosage for dogs, how to notice & recognize dangerous side effects of this pain medication for dogs and humans.

We'll also take you for a quick tour of tramadol's properties and typical uses. 🔆

Can dogs take tramadol?

The answer's both: yes and no - human drugs should be only given to pets when prescribed by a veterinarian, and only for specific indications (reasons to treat).

This medication can be taken by mouth, either with or without food.

Tramadol is considered a relatively safe medicine for dogs and cats - it has a lower chance of tiresome, dangerous, or even lethal side effects than, for example, the popular morphine (it's also ten times weaker).

💣 Tramadol side effects in dogs include:

  • Dizziness;
  • Sedation (sleepiness, slower reaction rate, etc.);
  • Dysphoria (state of unhappiness) sometimes characterized by:
    • Dogs whining on tramadol
    • Unease
    • Crying
    • Barking
  • Constipation, vomiting;
  • Withdrawal syndrome - when the drug intake is stopped too quickly;
  • Addiction is also possible when tramadol is used for a prolonger period of time in large doses; and
  • Increased risk of seizures, agitation, fast heartbeat, extreme sleepiness - in case of these events, contact your vet immediately!

Most of these side effects occur when the tramadol dosage is too high for a given dog - that's why proper dosing is so important! Take this opportunity and double-check your dog's dosage of Benadryl.

Are you wondering how long does it take for tramadol to kick in?

It usually takes 1-2 h for the tramadol to start working in dogs. The effect wears off entirely after 24 hours.

What is tramadol for dogs?

Tramadol is used as a pain relief for dogs, cats and humans. Tramadol is useful in cases of mild-to-moderate pain - we can also mix this medication with other kinds of analgesic drugs.

Tramadol belongs to the group of opioid drugs - as the name suggests, its primary mechanism of action depends on activating the opioid receptors; it also increases the amount of stimulating substances in the brain.

With all these powers combined, tramadol makes a wonderful drug for alleviating pain, with a lower chance of addiction and breathing insufficiency. 💊

What does tramadol look like?

Tramadol is sold as a white pill with the number 377 carved into it. When it comes to tablet strength, we usually use the tramadol 50mg for dogs. Unfortunately, that is the lowest possible dosage - it may cause problems when assessing an adequate portion of the medication in smaller dogs.

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What is tramadol used for in dogs?

Tramadol is used in both acute and chronic pain.

  • Acute pain indications:

    • Surgery
    • Invasive medical procedures (e.g., biopsy, fracture setting)
  • Chronic pain indications:

    • Tramadol for dog's arthritis
    • Canine cancer
    💡 The painkilling effect of tramadol might only be visible after days or weeks after start of the treatment of chronic pain. Use of other analgesic drugs is highly recommended.

  • Others:

    • Tramadol for dog's anxiety (mild effect - Benadryl is used more often in this indication)

How to calculate tramadol dosage for dogs?

There's no specific tramadol dosage chart for dogs - the proper dose should be assessed by your pooch's weight.

Our tramadol for dogs calculator uses the following equations:

For the imperial system: US flag emoji for tramadol for dogs calculator uk flag emoji for tramadol for dogs calculator

Dose - lower limit (mg) = 0.9 * Your dog's weight (lb)

Dose - upper limit (mg) = 2.25 * Your dog's weight (lb)

Maximum dose allowed:

Max dose = 4.54 * Your dog's weight (lb)

For the metric system: 🌎

Dose - lower limit (mg) = 2 * Your dog's weight (kg)

Dose - upper limit (mg) = 5 * Your dog's weight (kg)

Maximum dose allowed:

Max dose (mg) = 10 * Your dog's weight (kg)

💡 We use the recommendations established by the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA). 🐶🐱

💡 You may also compare it to the recommended human tramadol dosage. 🙋

How many mg of tramadol for dogs do we really need? Let's check it out with a quick example - let's calculate the tramadol dosage for a 20 lb dog.

  • Lower limit of the recommended dose:

    Dose - lower limit = 0.9 * 20 lb = 18 mg

  • Upper limit of the recommended dose:

    Dose - upper limit = 2.25 * 20 lb = 45 mg

  • Maximum dose allowed:

    Max dose = 4.54 * 20 lb = 90.8 mg

This dog's weight doesn't allow for a simple tablet dosing - ask your veterinarian for the specific scheme that's safe for your dog. ⚕️

Łucja Zaborowska