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Hi,

My Cushingoid Golden went to the vet yesterday after limping for a day or two, he took some x rays, and discovered that she has calcification of the bone in both front legs (he did not take hind leg x rays). He says it will eventually spread to her hind legs as well and is irreversible.

He's put her on Tramadol and says she needs to be on it for the rest of her life.

So far, I have found no helpful resources online about any possible treatments for bone calcification in dogs. Does anyone know anything about this issue and what the best way to address it is?

Also, about Tramadol, I've been giving her (for one day) 1 50 mg pill every 8 hours and her limp has improved drastically, but she's still got a little one. The thing is, I'm not always going to be home at the exact time every day (every 8 hours), so I'm thinking of giving her one 100 mg dose every 12 hours. She's 77 pounds and so far has tolerated the 50 mg doses well. Does anyone have experience with giving tramadol to their goldens?

Thank you,
Cheryl
 

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Tramadol can be dosed at 1-4 mg/kg up to every six hours.
 

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I think it is a pain killer, right? So, you wouldn't want to up the dose to double what the vet prescribed.
I would just attempt to hit as close as I can to every 8 hours, ie, give when you are leaving for work, then as soon as you get home (if you work a normal 8 hour day) then just before you go to bed.
 

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My foster dog CoCo is taking it for his issue with his paw. And my last golden Beau took it for his arthitis. It worked for a while but I did have to switch him to something else later. I give it to CoCo every 12 hours. What makes him think it will spread? I think I would speak to an orthopedic vet to see what they have to say and your options.
 

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BeauShel--

Did you have to switch because it stopped being effective? And may I ask what you switched to? As far as I know, Tramadol is one of the best options for dogs who cannot tolerate NSAIDs or are no longer responding to them.

Initially he thought it would spread because it was related to Cushing's and she will obviously have Cushing's for the rest of her life (even though we've got it under control at the moment). Then he had a talk with an internal specialist who thought it is not related to Cushing's so we are doing a blood test to check the calcium levels in her blood.
 

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When I switched with Beau, it was because after awhile it didnt seem to work as well but that was after about a year or so. We switched to gabapentin because he had seizures and it seemed to help him not have seizures as much. That was right towards the end of his life so we were more concerened with stopping the pain and seizures then the long term effects because he was 13. And I knew his health was not the best to live a long time. If you know what I mean. I gave him a milk thistle meds to help cleanse his liver.
 
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