Bladder stones and mass around kidney

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Post   » Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:26 pm

If I go with a low end dosage of Tramadol at 5 mg/kg (range for rodents runs anywhere from 5-15 mg/kg), and assuming his weight is 1 kg, the calculation would be:

5 mg (recommended dose per kg) x 1 kg (his weight) divided by 100 (mg/ml suspension) = .05cc. That's a heck of a lot closer to the .06cc that your vet stated vs. 0.6 on the bottle. My references also vary on the frequency of dose, from once every 12 hours to once every 24 hours, but certainly not three times a day. Maybe somebody can double-check my info and calcs, but the pharmacy's label seems WAY off.

If it were me, I think I'd be inclined to ask for Metacam when you talk with her tomorrow about the supplement (maybe citing that his appetite and activity level have slowed down on the Tram) and see how he does on that for a few days. You haven't really indicated that he has shown signs of being in a lot of discomfort, and IMO Tramadol is taking pain management up a notch before it's needed.

Hang in there; you're doing a good job with him.

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Post   » Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:28 pm

Ditto Sef. In my experience Tramadol can be dosed three times a day if needed, but I agree with Sef's dosage. It sounds like the pharmacy screwed up by a factor of 10.

Good on you for being alert and checking on it. You're doing a great job for him.

Go by how he feels and how he is acting. In my experience the narcotics, mild or strong, go on a straight sliding scale; the more you give, the greater the relief (and also the greater propensity for zonking). Tweak it to make him as comfortable as possible, while the least zoned.


Post   » Wed Apr 03, 2019 9:16 pm

He's doing so much better. Eating normal amounts/frequencies. Haven't noticed any more bathroom issues. He's back to running around and demanding whatever he wants. I'm one happy pig slave.

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Post   » Wed Apr 03, 2019 10:24 pm

That's encouraging! Thank you so much for the update. Is he on any meds, now?

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