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Experience:  UC Davis graduate, emphasis in dermatology, internal medicine, pain management
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Can Tramadol cause increased panting? We have a dog with cancer

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Can Tramadol cause increased panting? We have a dog with cancer - a neuroendocrine tumor - and it is spreading. He does pant occasionally, so in addadition to Rimadyl and Gabapentin the vet is having us give 100-200mg Tramadol every 6 hours (he was already taking 50 mg Tramadol). He's a 45 pound dog, but it seems like he's panting more than ever. While it could be pain, could it be the increased Tramadol? Thanks so much - were very frustrated.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 2 years ago.
Welcome! My name is***** am a UC Davis graduate, and currently, a Medical Director of a veterinary hospital.
I am sorry to hear about this concern for Boo.
Yes, panting is a known possible side-effect of this medication. Other side effects can include pupil constriction, constipation, and sedation.
So, I would talk to your vet about maybe altering the Tramadol dose and trying to work with increased gabapentin instead. I am not permitted, by law, to give you specific direction on how to alter the drugs, since I have not examined Boo.
Also, ask your vet about also adding Amantadine for additional analgesic benefit.
Good Luck!
Dr. Andy
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 2 years ago.
Hi Bill,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Boo. How is everything going?

Dr. Andy