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Pet Meds vs Human Meds
tlw92978 posted:
My dog was recently hit by a car. The vet gave her Tramadol 50mg tablets. She is still limping and is out of the pain meds. I was wondering, is it ok to give her one or two of my Tramadol for the next couple days or are they very different? I don't want to call the vet and pay for more meds if they are the same and she can take mine.
Sandy Willis, DVM, DACVIM responded:

In veterinary medicine we do use medications often very similiar if not the same as human meds. But you have to watch the strength of the medicine.

It is always adviseable to check with your veterinarian. See what strength your tablets are, and the expiration date, and give your vet a call. They will also want to know that she is out of her own meds and still not 100%.

Tramadol is a fairly safe drug but some aren't so safe. Your veterinarian who has seen your dog is the best to ask this question so that they can note in the record that the Tramadol is being continued and from what source.

Thanks for asking. Great question.

Dr. Sandy
tlw92978 replied to Sandy Willis, DVM, DACVIM's response:
I did end up calling her vet because she started to yip as well and we decided to go ahead and get her more of her own meds. Thank you for you help!!!!!
Sandy Willis, DVM, DACVIM replied to tlw92978's response:
Your welcome. Hope all goes well.

Dr. Sandy
An_220777 responded:
Some medications are okay, under the direction of a veterinarian, such as buffered asprin, but you have to be VERY careful!
Sandy Willis, DVM, DACVIM replied to An_220777's response:
Yes, but folks should always call their veterinarian because our dogs and kitties are not little humans. Sometimes they require a higher dose and sometimes you want to avoid the human meds entirely. We see so many toxicities in pets, especially cats, given human meds.

Dr. Sandy
jayrak replied to Sandy Willis, DVM, DACVIM's response:
Medications for pets that are the same as human do not have to be purchased through your vet, they can be purchased at your local pharmacy with a prescription from your vet. We have do it this way and Sam's Club or Walmart was much cheaper than the vet's pricing.


William Draper, DVM, better known as "Dr. Will," is a well-known small animal practitioner in the Atlanta, GA area. He grew up in Inglewood,...More

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