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Painkillers for Dogs

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.
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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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Hello,

Please watch deramaxx I gave it to my rottweiler and in 1 week he died from the deramaxx that LSU in Baton Rouge La. prescribed.
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Yes, there is one that comes to mind... but it hasn't been re-legalized nationwide yet.  
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