Friday, March 23, 2018

Arthritis Treatments For Cats -- Add Tramdol To The List

Arthritis treatments for cats now include tramadol
A new study suggests vets can add tramadol to the list of arthritis treatments for cats. Reported by the Winn Feline Foundation, the study looked at 24 geriatric cats with osteoarthritis in at least one joint. Researchers found that cats who got 2mg of tramadol
every 12 hours had improved
levels of activity.

The most common arthritis treatments for cats are glucosamine supplements, Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil) and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). NSAIDs can have serious and sometimes deadly side effects. But tramadol, too, has drawbacks.

How Tramadol Works

Tramadol is similar to morphine. It blocks the opioid receptors in the brain that transmit the sensation of pain throughout the body.

Some side effects can include drowsiness and weakness, vomiting, constipation and loss of appetite. A tramadol overdose, the 1-800-PetMeds website warns, can be fatal.

If you decide to use tramadol for your cat, don't stop it suddenly. Ask your vet how to wean your cat off the drug to avoid uncomfortable and potentially dangerous withdrawal symptoms.

Other Arthritis Treatments For Cats

My favorite arthritis treatments for cats are injectable adequan (you can do it at home) and acupuncture. Other arthritis treatments for cats include massage and laser therapy. 

It's been my experience that the glucosamine supplements are not very effective. But when a cat has arthritis, something is better than nothing.

Arthritis is painful, and walking and climbing with difficulty can have a dramatic effect on your cat's quality of life. 

How do you know if your cat's in pain? A cat with arthritis might hiss or growl when you touch his back. Other signs of pain include loss of appetite, depression, sleeping more than normal, hiding and sitting or crouching in an unusual position. 

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