Tramadol is an opiate that is generally used for pain relief from arthritis and surgery. Tramadol can be used separately or in combination with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and can be used in cats (where non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs have limited use).
Side effects are considered rare.
- Upset stomach constipation and panting are observed with Tramadol.
- If a pet develops apparent sedation or bizarre behaviour, the Tramadol dose should be reduced.
Interactions With Other Drugs
Tramadol is compatible with all the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, like meloxicam and aspirin, possibly even synergizing with them. It is also compatible with joint pain neutraceuticals such as glucosamine, MSM, chondroitin sulfate, etc.
Concerns and Caution
- Tramadol is removed from the body by the liver (70%) as well as via kidney excretion (30%). Monitoring of blood and liver enzymes & kidney parameters are advised when Tramadol is used long-term.
- A human product called Ultracet is available. It contains acetaminophen in addition to Tramadol. This product is NOT safe for cats at any dose and requires specific veterinary instructions if it is to be used in dogs. Never use your own medication on your pet.
- Liquid and suspension forms of Tramadol may cause hypersensitivity in some patients.