If you have a dog that suffers from severe motion sickness is Dramamine really a possible solution? Unfortunately, motion sickness is a reality that many dog owners often deal with.
I sympathize with those who often have a mess to clean up due to their canine’s motion sickness. There are, however, ways to overcome this condition. They are time consuming, taking weeks or even months, but usually your dog can kick the habit.
Putting your dog in the car with the engine running, going nowhere, is a first step. A couple of days later you can pull out the driveway and straight back in again. Over time slowly start lengthening the journey until your dog gets used to the motion. It’s no wonder people look to Dramamine as an alternative!
Can I Give My Dog Dramamine? Answer: Yes
Dramamine, real name dimenhydrinate, is often used to help with motion sickness in dogs and is sometimes prescribed by vets.
However, don’t use this medication without prior vet approval. It’s not a canine formulated medication and there are some animals that cannot use it, such as pregnant dogs.
This OTC medication will sedate your dog. They’ll become slightly lethargic which reduces the car sickness feeling. If you’re going on a long journey with a dog that cannot travel, speak to your veterinarian regarding dosage and how often you should administer it so your trip goes as planned.
Dosage & Directions
Again, as with almost all human over-the-counter medication, don’t give it to your dog without speaking to your vet first. A simple phone call goes a long way in this case. Normally you would give two to four milligrams of Dramamine per pound of dog. It’s 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 they get in the car. This way it’s had time to start working and your dog should be relaxed by this stage. If you’ve previously used this drug on your dog, please share your experience, see below, with others who are considering this K9 car sickness solution.
Possible Side Effects
Dramamine can come with a couple of side effects including dry mouth, sedation and difficulty urinating. Dogs may also suffer from appetite loss, vomiting, and diarrhea, which unfortunately is the opposite of what you’re trying to achieve. You won’t know if dimenhydrinate agrees with your canine until you try it. Knowing the right dose beforehand is the key.
When administering such a human medication to a dog, always monitor them closely. 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 your dog starts vomiting, it has defeated the purpose and there’s no point continuing this medication in the future.
Signs of Overdose
When giving Dramamine to your dog, dosage is critical because it will either harm them or be ineffective. It’s easy to overdose a dog. Calculating the correct dosage may mean breaking it up into smaller pieces. With the liquid form, it means measuring with exceptional care.
Serious overdose symptoms include seizures, respiratory problems, lethargy, and even coma. If you notice any of these symptoms get to your vet as soon as possible. There’s a small window to get your pet to the veterinarian. For very serious cases, the point of falling into a coma, get them help ASAP before matters get even worse.
If you are unsure about Dramamine dosage or how often to administer this medication, speak with your vet. They will ask about your dog’s current weight and exact symptoms to determine a good solution. If administering it for the first time reaching out to a vet is a must.
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 their food has been withheld for at least ten hours before traveling. See if the level of motion sickness is dramatically reduced when they are relatively hungry. Observe how they do under different variables such as these.