If you have a dog that suffers from severe motion sickness is Dramamine really a possible solution? Sadly, motion sickness is a reality that many dog owners deal with on a daily basis.
I sympathize with those who often have a mess to clean up upon arrival due to a K9s’ motion sickness. There are, however, ways to overcome this condition. Unfortunately they are time consuming, taking weeks or even months, to get your dog out of the habit.
The most popular is to put your dog in the car with the engine running, going nowhere, as 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 the 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 the prior vet approval. It’s not an animal formulated medication and there are some animals that cannot use it, such as pregnant dogs.
This OTC medication sedates the dog. They 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 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 is 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 relaxed by this stage. If you have 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 is known to present 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 are 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 for 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 your dog starts vomiting, it has defeated the purpose and there is 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.
Overdose symptoms include seizures, respiratory problems, lethargy, coma and even death. If you notice any of these symptoms get to your vet as soon as possible. There is a small window to get your pet to the vet. For serious cases, you will notice when they get to the point of falling into a coma in which case you should get them help before matters get 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. Also, 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.