Tramadol is opiate based but considered safe for dogs
. My pit was on rimadyl for
a year or so, then we switched to metacam which the vet said was a little stronger, then after about 2 years we added the tramadol. Just last week we upped the tramadol as dogs can develop a tolerance just like humans.
I have to say, the tramadol has made a huge difference in her continued mobility.