What Is the Drug Torbutrol Used for in Dogs?

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What Is the Drug Torbutrol Used for in Dogs?
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Torbutrol is a brand name for butophanol tartrate, which is a narcotic pain reliever that also helps to relieve coughs in dogs. It's also used to help soothe the side effects of chemotherapy in cats. Other brand names of butophanol are Stadol, Torbugesic-SA and Torbugesic. Torbutrol is made by Wyeth Animal Health and is available in various pill sizes or injectable forms.

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Torbutrol is often used for treatment of kennel cough or any chronic dry coughs in dogs.


Dogs that chronically cough need a break from coughing in order for the body to heal. Torbutrol can give the dog's body that needed break.


Injectable Torbutrol is used as a painkiller and also makes a dog drowsy. Dr. Dawn Ruben notes that Torbutrol does not work as long as other painkillers such as morphine.


Wyeth Animal Health recommends a dosage of 0.55 milligrams per kilogram of the dog's weight. Follow your veterinarian's recommendation for how often to give the drug to your dog.


Torbutrol should not be given to pregnant dogs, dogs with head injuries or problems of the nervous system. Do not give the human formulation, Stadol, because it is too powerful for a dog.

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