After taking Chaos to the vet because her SM was not being controlled enough with the Gabapentin she decided to put her on Preds as well and Tramadol. She gave me a supply of the Preds and she is now having 1 x 5mg per day. She ordered a supply of Tramadol but when I went to collect these they were 50mg capsules and she wanted her to have 1mg-5mg per kilo of weight, twice a day. The vet on duty would not give them to me as said they were too strong as Chaos weighed 8.7kg. I managed to speak to the orginal vet again and she said they could not supply the tablets but I could collect a prescription and get them myself.
I have now collected the prescription but which is for 50mg tablets and says to give 1/2 a tablet BID (not sure what this means) I have checked with the online chemist I use and the local chemist. They do not think they can be cut in half because they are sustained release.
I was wondering if any other SM dogs were on Tramadol and if so what type of tablets/capsules and what dosage and where you get them from? The vet I am seeing does not seem to be very clued up about this medication, she was researching it online I think and also it a 35mile round trip to see her.
I should say that the improvement in Chaos since being on the Preds is amazing, she walks so much better and I am pushing her stroller round with us but she really does not need it much and she is much happier all round. I think the idea of the Tramadol was to give that as well and try to slowly wean her off the Preds.