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Hello again, you gave some excellent advice about our lurcher…

Hello again, you gave some...
Hello again, you gave some excellent advice about our lurcher dog a couple of years ago. He has an auto immune disorder (onchiodystrophy) causing bleeding to his claws which we have controlled well with 50mg rimadyl daily plus a tramadol tablet if his claws become painful. He's overdone it this weekend, a pad is raw, bleeding and we can't get him to stop licking it. Are we ok to give him a tramadol now at 4-30pm after his rimadyl this morning? And would it be ok to give him snother at11pm bedtime so he doesn't lick it thru the night. He weighs 32kg , is 5yrsand otherwise very healthy.
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Dr. Kara
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Hello, I'm sorry to hear that your fellow Morro has overdone it and I'd like to help.

It's fine to give him a Tramadol now as that together with the Rimadyl given earlier will make him more comfortable. Rimadyl and Tramadol can be used together as they have different mechanisms of action and together work synergistically, better than either one alone.

You can repeat his Tramadol dose again at 11pm but be aware that dose should make him quite sleepy (which I know is likely what you desire) so make sure he's not sleeping on a bed (where he could fall off and injure himself) and is kept away from stairs.

Rimadyl can be repeated every 12 hours as well for discomfort.

If he won't leave the pad alone then you also may wish to place an elizabethan collar for a few days so he cannot reach it and it can start to heal.

Please let me know if you have any further questions.

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