Tramadol For Dogs: Dosage and Side effects

Tramadol, generally known by the brand name Ultram is prescribed as a medication to relieve pain by producing some pain-relieving effects on the brain. If your dog has severe or chronic pain, this tramadol will be helpful to cure your dog’s pain. It works immediately and relieves the pain.


This tramadol will be more helpful to recover from surgery or manage the pain connected with osteoarthritis when it is taken with other medications.

Tramadol will be prescribed if your dog has affected with any of the following pain.

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Lameness
  • Cancer
  • Nonsurgical intervertebral disc disease
  • Post-operative pain
  • Pain caused by an injury

How to Give your Dog Tramadol

Tramadol can be given in two different forms, which are

  • Swallowable tablet
  • Needle injection

Tramadol can be given with food that helps to be very easy on the stomach. Hiding the pill inside the food may keep your dog very cool without the mess.


If you are going to give your dog Tramadol, you just need to be aware of the dosage they need. If the tramadol is given in an excessive dosage, that can cause too many health issues.

Before giving the tramadol, contact your vet and follow the instruction about the dosage.

The dosage depends on the amount of pain your dog experiences.

The dosage starts at 0.5 mg/lb if your dog experiences minimum pain and 1.8 mg/lb is recommended for the maximum pain.

Side Effects

There are several side effects caused by Tramadol in dogs. The common side effect is Sedation. This side effect approaches your dog when tramadol is used in high dosage. There are other reactions such as

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Drowsiness
  • Anxiety
  • Dizziness
  • Tremors
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite

If your dog is affected with any of the above-mentioned side effects, it is very important to contact your vet. Just watch your dog’s activities after administering tramadol and if you find any change in his behavior, take your dog to the nearest veterinary clinic.

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