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Experience:  15 yrs experience in vet med, 8 in emergency med. Founder of a non-profit animal rescue
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Ate a piece of a 50 mg tramadol. She, Harley. 11 yrs, She's

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Ate a piece of a 50 mg tramadol. She
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The Veterinarian will know if the cat will be able to digest that. What is the cat's name and age?
Customer: Harley. 11 yrs
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Harley?
Customer: She's healthy, alert but sleepy. Pupils dilated. It happened about 45 min agp
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 year ago.

Hello and thank you for your question. I am a Veterinary Nurse with over 15 years experience and I have assisted in the care of many pets with this particular medical concern. It would be my pleasure to assist you today. Is it possible for me to obtain some additional information from you about your companion?

1) How long ago was the tramadol consumed?
2) Roughly how much of the whole tablet was consumed?
3) Any vomiting?
4) Is she taking any other meds?

5) How much does she weigh?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
45 min, possibly 1/2 tab ,she doesn't take anything and weight is 9lbs
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No vomiting
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 year ago.

1/2 tablet of a 50mg tramadol is roughly 25mg which is about double what most medication handbooks recommend for a cat of this size.

The dilated pupils that you're seeing are a direct correlation to Harley having consumed too much medication for a cat her size. It is one of the most common effects we see in both cats and dogs. Treatment, if needed, tends to be supportive. There is no 'recovery' drug to eliminate the effects of this medication so we typically heavily monitor the pet to ensure respiratory depression does not occur, vomiting, etc. It would be wise to have her checked by a vet and monitored. Failing this, keep a very close eye on her at home. If she shows any progression of symptoms or worsens, she must be seen overnight at the ER or by your vet tomorrow morning depending on what time the concerns occur.

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Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 year ago.

Let me know if you have any other questions regarding this ingestion.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 year ago.

Checking in, JACustomer. How is your companion doing?

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 year ago.

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