Tues, Aug 20, 2013
Paula asks several questions about panting with Tramadol, steroids, pain and NSADs:
1. Panting is a recognized side effect of Tramadol, what is the reason… anxiety related or ? Is panting plus pupil restriction related and is there a way to ID tramadol as the cause for panting? What can the owner do to comfort the dog? Can continued heavy panting be a concern to cause health issues and a reason to get vet help?
with steroids, can be
related to intolerance to temperature and is a temporary
side effect. Is there anything other than
increased circulation of air, a cool surface to lie on
that would help
The panting with steroids can also be anxiety related too, so sometimes something to distract the dog helps.
The other signs you describe (shivering, yelping, reluctant to move, arched back, etc.) we appreciate more than panting in cases with intervertebral disk disease. I frequently appreciate panting when the dog is anxious secondary to having a full bladder, or needs to defecate.
is not listed as a side effect by the FDA for NSAIDs.
There are owner anecdotal reports of NSAID-related
panting and Web postings by DVMs saying panting is an
overdose sign of NSAIDs. www.1800petmeds.com
does lists panting as an overdose symptom. In your
opinion is panting while on a NSAID commonly an
indicator that the NSAID should be stopped at once and
vet help sought?
with NSAIDS is a tough one - similar to tramadol.
If it is noted the owner should either not give or give
1/2 the dose when it is due again and notify their
vet. If the panting becomes a concern for the
owner it would be best to take the pet into their vet or
ER. Most of the time it is not going to cause
health issues, but better to be safe than sorry.
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