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My 3yo HW postive dog got his immiticide shots 2 weeks ago, and started having diarrhea earlier this week. We brought him to the vet today, and in addition to the medicine for the diarrhea, he gave me a mild sedative in case he gets antsy from not being able to exercise.

I realized that the sedative they gave me was Tramadol, which is the exact same medicine the other vet (the HW shots were done by the rescue group's vet) gave me for pain.

Can Tramadol be used for pain or as a mild sedative?
 

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It can be used as a pretty darn strong sedative, too. That's what's used to sedate combative cats, and it puts them OUT. It all depends on dosage.

Don't give him Tramadol for pain AND as a sedative at the same time! The accumulative dosage would probably put him out.
 

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It can be used for both. It is primarily a pain reliever, but it is similar to a mild narcotic so it has some sedative effects in most dogs (although like KodiBarracuda, some dogs have the opposite reaction to it). The nice thing about it is that it is extremely safe and has a really wide dose margin.
 
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