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How would an overdose of Tramadol affect an older dog with

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How would an overdose of Tramadol affect an older dog with congestive heart failure? Would it be painful or just like going to sleep? Thanks for your help.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Karen replied 7 years ago.
Hi, I'm going to try to help.

Are you trying to humanely euthanize your dog? I'm confused and I apologize if that is not your intent but your question reads that way.

Excessive tramadol won't really harm your dog, it'll probably just make him/her really dysphoric (ie - stoned and out of it).

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
No, absolutely not trying to euthanize my own husband and I both gave her meds today and I was worried that we had really od'd her. She's had quite a big of the drug Tramadol ...probably 250 mg. today. Thanks for your help.
Expert:  Dr. Karen replied 7 years ago.
Oh goodness, I'm sorry for my previous answer! (We just get a lot of questions like that on this site.)

What size is your dog? There is a huge range of safety in dosing tramadol and so I doubt that there will be ill effects. It can make them sleepy and a little whine-y, but rarely will it hurt them. There are dogs like the size of a lab that I'll prescribe 200mg every 6 hours.
The heart disease should not be an issue with tramadol.

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Thanks! She is a very overweight Australian Shepherd, 13 years old, probably weights about 65 to 70 lbs. I was worried that we HAD euthanized our own dog...unintentionally and hoping not, but if so, I sure wanted to know if it was painful for her, as neither of us could live with knowing we had hurt her.
Expert:  Dr. Karen replied 7 years ago.
She is well within the range of safety for tramadol. I don't think that should at all be painful for her. If anything, she'll just be a bit out of it. I would probably just skip her next dose.

I think she'll be fine!
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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Thanks so much for your help, Dr. Karen. You have eased our minds greatly about our precious friend for 13 years. Thanks again.