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My dog has bone cancer and with his treatment cost we cant

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My dog has bone cancer and with his treatment cost we cant afford to take him back to get more pain meds, I have some tramadol I am taking for pain, can I give it to him for his pain???? please help!!!

Hello Kim, I'm Dr. Deb. I'll do my best to help you today.

I'm so, so sorry to hear that Thorn has been diagnosed with bone cancer. All cancers are horrible, of course, but this particular one is usually quite painful.

Yes, dogs can be given human Tramadol and there's quite an acceptable range which can be given. It's also safe to give with other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin or stronger drugs.

The starting dose would be 1 mg/lb twice a but could go much higher...even up to 2 mg/lb four times a day. I usually advise starting with the lower dose and increasing as necessary.

I should point out that it would be illegal for me to advise you to give Thorn a drug which has been prescribed for another dog or for a human but I can provide the dosage which is what I have done.

I hope this helps and I wish you the best with this very sad situation. Deb

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

my tramadol is 50mg so for a dog that is around 145 pounds, is one pill enough four times a day???


If I were prescribing Tramadol for a 145 lb dog, I'd start with 50 mg 1.5 tablet twice a day and increase it if necessary....if the pain weren't controlled.

This may be difficult to assess since dogs don't tend to vocalize or moan/groan when they're in pain (like we might) but evaluate his gait and ease/difficult in walking and getting up. Deb
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

He is in a lot of pain, thorn moans and groan when he tries to get up and walk, he is now missing one front leg from cancer, just wondering if tramadol has Tylenol in it or not some say yes and others say no???

Kim, If he's in that much pain, then 1.5 pills twice a day may not be enough. I'd go 2 pills three times a day and increase to every 6 hours, if necessary.

Tramadol doesn't have Tylenol in it as far as I know. It's not a combination drug and is a far stronger and more effective drug for pain than Tylenol would be. Deb
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

thank you so much!!!Smile

You're more than welcome.

I hope you'll keep me posted about him.

Even after you've rated (if you do, of course), we can still continue to communicate at no additional charge to you. I can also send you a follow up email in a few days to which you can respond when you have the time to do so.

Good luck; I hope he receives some relief soon. Regards, Deb
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Thanks for the rating and bonus; it's greatly appreciated.

I'll look forward to chatting with you in a few days about Thorn. Take care, Deb

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I’m just following up on our conversation about Thorn. Does the Tramadol appear to be helping him with his pain? Deb
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thanks for asking Dr. Deb, I think it is a little, but he is still having a hard time.. his pain is becoming greater and greater and it might be time to think about his needs more than mine.

Oh, I'm so sorry, Kim, that his pain is escalating although I shouldn't be surprised that it is.
I know this is going to be a very difficult decision for you but I know you want to do what's best for him. I'll be thinking of you as you struggle with this situation.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thank you so much for the advice....


You're more than welcome.

Please let me know if I can help you in any way as things progress. Deb