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Hello. Thanks for the question.
Tramadol is starting to fall out of favor for pain relief in dogs. Over the last 1-2 years, I've been transitioning over to Gabapentin as well. I find that it gives better pain relief and less of the sedation side effects compared to Tramadol. I still use Tramadol, but I'll go with higher doses than I used to and more frequent dosing. I now go 5 mg per kg (2.5 mg/lb) every 8 hours.
For a lymphoma dog, I would absolutely go with Pred + Gaba as opposed to Pred + Tramadol. I think the results will be better for Butch. Dosing of Gaba is also fairly wide. Anywhere from 3-10 mg/kg (1.5-5 mg/lb) every 8-12 hours. I usually go somewhere in the 5-10 mg/kg every 12 hours to start.
I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.
Also, if Gaba is not enough, you can add Tramadol to it. It's uncommon to need that, but they are very safe to use together.