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What breed of dog do you have?
When you call his name will he pick his head up to look at you or will he mostly use his eyes to look up?
Is he eating and drinking normally?
Have there been any ticks on him that you know of?
Thank you for that information. What I would be concerned about is a disc in the neck that is pressing on the nerve. Dachshunds are prone to intervertabral disc disease and this can happen in the neck or spine.
IF the tramadol was originally prescribed for him then you can, but it is a pain killer and if there is a disc issue it may not take care of the pain , usually an anti inflammatory such as Rimadyl is given in conjunction with the tramadol.
If it was not prescribed for him you have to make sure the dosing is correct for his weight and I will direct you to a link that will tell you dosing. http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/prescription/tramadol-hydrochloride-ultram
What I would try first though is plain aspirin (not tylenol or ibuprofen) as aspirin is an anti inflammatory. If it is a soft tissue injury then the aspirin should help with that. I will direct you to dosing for that as well. http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/acetylsalicylic-acid-aspirin
Make sure for now that the dog gets strict cage rest, no playing or climbing on anything, and outings are for potty only.
Here is more on IVDD http://www.petplace.com/article/dogs/diseases-conditions-of-dogs/brain-spinal-cord-nerves/intervertebral-disc-disease-ivdd-%E2%80%93-cervical-area
I am sorry for the delay, computer glitch. Yes, if you alternate ice and heat it will help. Just be sure that the ice and heat does not directly touch the skin. Put a towel around whatever you use. Go 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off.