Are there painkillers for dogs that are safe? Tramadol caused my 11 year old chow chow Emily to have seizures after two days 4 pills and the Rimadyl side effects I just read here are equally as bad. Both were give to her by her vet of six years. If anyone has any ideas please contact me at ***@****. Thank you.
Actually, tramadol (brand name is ultracet) and rimadyl are safe for dogs. I've had dogs on rimadyl for many years due to arthritis and they never had a problem with it. Tramadol was reserved for post-op pain treatment and only for a few days.
Can you give us more information on exactly what kind of pain your chow chow has and any other meds that have been tried? I suspect the seizures while on tramadol may have been a coincidence, but without more information on your dog's case I could be completely wrong.
If you're trying to treat bone pain like arthritis, a really good - but expensive - med is deramaxx. It came on the market several years ago and made a tremendous difference in our old dog when rimadyl was no longer effective. It's not as hard on the liver either from what I read.
If the pain is due to something like pancreatitis, then none of these meds will help. That condition calls for the big guns like fentanyl or dilaudid.
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A Vet prescribed Deramaxx for my friend's dog, and ithe dog began having seizures within 24 hours- (never had seizures before). And then it was one problem after another. May have been coincidental, but my friend didn't think so. Maybe Metacam would be a safer alternative (?) There are over the counter (herbal/supplement) type painkillers available at pet stores or on-line, though I don't know if they'd work for the particular ailment your dog has. Bromalain, (without food) magnesium, and curcumin are good supplements for inflammation, (often inflammation is a major culprit with arthritis or post-surgery pain). (Curcumin is also great for kidney functio). Buffered aspirin (or baby aspirin) is safe for dogs, (and is also an anti-flammatory). Just don't give aspirin pre-surgery, as its a blood-thinner.
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