Tramadol is a pain killer that is sometimes used in dogs. It might be used for short term pain relief after surgery or is could be used long term to treat something like arthritis. Does it actually work though and is it safe?
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Tramadol needs to be broken down in the body into different chemicals and it is these metabolites that are actually responsible for the analgesic, pain killing action of tramadol.
The problem is that it seems dogs produce very little of this M1 metabolite. Compounding this, it only lasts in the body for a very short time.
Tramadol does have other affects on the body. It increases the levels of seratonin and norepinephrin in the body which can have the effect of sedation or intestinal upset. Seratonin is also commonly known as the feel good or happy chemical and so it … Read More