Tramadol is typically used for chronic pain and post-surgery pain, with the correct dosage for dogs being between 0.5 milligrams and 1.8 milligrams per pounds of body weight, according to Veterinary Place. The veterinarian typically starts with the lowest dosage possible for chronic pain management, adjusting the dosage as necessary.
Tramadol is marketed under the brand name Ultram, according to Veterinary Place. There is a helpful chart on VeterinaryPlace.com to gauge the dosage. This is a controlled substance and should only be used as directed by a licensed veterinarian. Tramadol is considered safe for long-term use in treating conditions such as arthritis. It's also used for pain management after surgery or for dogs suffering from cancer, states petMD.