There is nothing worse than having a dog that suffers from severe motion sickness, but is Dramamine really a possible solution for dogs? Sadly motion sickness is a reality that many dog owners deal with on a daily basis.
You probably want to be able to take your pet out and about and no matter how short the distance, you have a mess to clean up once you arrive at your destination.
There are many ways to overcome this condition, but they are time consuming and will take weeks, even months, to get the dog out of the habit. The most popular is to put the dog in the car with the engine running, a couple of days later pull out the drive and straight back in again and then slowly start lengthening the journey until your dog gets used to the motion.
Can I Give My Dog Dramamine? Answer: Yes
Dramamine, real name dimenhydrinate, is often used to help with motion sickness in dogs and is often prescribed by the vet. Don’t ever use this medication without the prior consent of your vet, as it’s not an animal-approved medication by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and there are some animals that cannot use it, such as dogs that are pregnant.
This medication sedates the dog, it doesn’t make it go to sleep but makes it lethargic and thereby reduces the car sickness. If you’re going on a long journey with a dog that cannot travel, speak to your vet on how much you can give and how often you should administer this medication to ensure that your trip is enjoyable.
Dosage and Directions
As with all human over the counter medication, you do not want to give it to your dog without speaking to your vet first. Remember it is only a phone call and you can confirm the exact dosage amounts and how often you should be administering for the desired result.
Normally you would give two to four milligrams of medication per pound of dog. This medication is available in both tablet and liquid form, so you can determine which is easier for you.
It’s most effective when given thirty to sixty minutes before you get into the car, this way it’s had time to start working and your dog should be pretty relaxed by this stage.
Possible Side Effects
This medication is known to present a couple of side effects including dry mouth, sedation and difficulty urinating. On the rare occasion the dog may suffer from appetite loss, vomiting, and diarrhea, which is the opposite of what you are trying to achieve by giving this medication in the first place.
When administering human medication to a dog, always monitor them closely for any side effects. At the first sign of a problem stop the medication immediately and if necessary, call your vet.
If you’re administering Dramamine, known as Gravol in Canada, to reduce car sickness and when administered your dog starts vomiting, it’s defeated the purpose and there is no point continuing this medication in the future.
Signs of Overdose
When giving this medication to your dog, ensure you know exactly what the dosage is and how often you should give it. It’s very easy to overdose the dog without meaning to. Being able to calculate the tablet to the right dosage may mean breaking it up to smaller pieces and with the liquid form, it means measuring with exceptional care.
Overdose symptoms include seizures, respiratory problems, lethargy, coma and even death. If you notice any of these symptoms starting, get to your vet as soon as possible.
There is a small window after seeing these symptoms to getting your pet to the vet. You will notice when they get to the point of falling into a coma and you can get them help before matters get worse.
If you are unsure at any stage about the dosage or how often to administer this medication, contact your vet to reconfirm. This medication should not be given to your pet without prior consent from your vet.
In cases where you can’t reach your vet, ginger is an excellent natural way to relieve nausea. Try giving your dog a ginger tablet or ginger biscuit before traveling. Never put your dog in the car with a full stomach, ensure food has been withheld for at least twelve hours before traveling and the level of motion sickness should be dramatically reduced.