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Is Tramadol good 14 year old Aussie who has trouble

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Is Tramadol good for my 14 year old Aussie who has trouble with arthritis/going up and down the stairs? And if so , dosage???
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.
We often prescribe a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) such as carprofen or meloxicam initially and if our geriatric osteoarthritic dogs don't show enough improvement in mobility will add tramadol at a dose of 2-5 mg/lb up to every 8 hours. The smallest and least frequent dosing that is effective is the correct dose. Tramadol is well-tolerated but it could possibly cause a variety of adverse effects associated with its pharmacologic actions including the central nervous system effects of excessive sedation, agitation, anxiety, tremor, or dizziness or the gastrointestinal effects of inappetence, vomiting, constipation to diarrhea. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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