Drew : Hello, welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian, and I'll be happy to help you in any way I can.
Drew : Fortunately, Tramadol is generally regarded as safe in dogs,
Drew : typically it is dosed at about 1-2mg per pound of body weight, so I'd start at 1-1/2 tablets every 6 to 8 hours as needed for pain management.
Drew : aspirin is of concern, since it can cause many dogs to develop ulcers in the stomach,
Drew : so if the pain can be managed with the tramadol, and the aspirin can be avoided, it would be a good thing.
Drew : additionally, aspirin can cause bleeding disorders in dogs, and it lingers in the system for up to 7 days after dosing, so its effects can be persistent.
Customer: I gave her 2 doses of Aspirin yesterday and it's hard to tell if the aspirins making her feel bad,the pain or both.
Drew : well, it's not a very good painkiller, so I rarely suggest its use in dogs unless finances prohibit any better options
Customer: Are there side effects to watch for with tramadol? I know it's not narcotic. Is the human version ok to give since I have that at my disposal
Drew : there is no veterinary version of tramadol. the human version is the only one available.
Drew : side effects can include drowsiness, but sometimes agitation or excitability can be seen.
Customer: I think I'll give it a try then. I will follow up with her regular vet when not on a weekend!! I appretiate your feedback. It's nearly 2:30pm where I am & tge dog hasn't even shown interest in her food or goig outside to pee even. I know she's feeling pretty bad. I hope it helps!
Customer: Thanks so much:-)
Drew : I hope it does help!
Drew : you also can give Pepcid-AC, 10 mg, to help reduce stomach acidity and irritation that might have been caused by aspirin.
Drew : best wishes to you both :)