Can I Give My Dog Dramamine?

Can I Give My Dog Dramamine?If you have a dog that suffers from severe motion sickness Dramamine may be a solution. Motion sickness is a reality that dog owners often must deal with.

There are alternative ways to overcome this condition. Some are time consuming, taking weeks or even months, but usually your dog can improve. So Dramamine can also help dogs but you should know more about this drug.

People have success by putting their dogs in the car and going nearly nowhere as a first step. Over time you slowly start lengthening trips until your dog gets used to the motion. It’s no wonder people look to Dramamine as a quick alternative!

Can I Give My Dog Dramamine? Answer: Yes

Dramamine, real name dimenhydrinate, can be used to treat canine motion sickness.

In fact, vets are known to prescribe it and you shouldn’t give this medication without veterinarian approval. It’s not a canine formulated medication and there are cases when you shouldn’t use it, such as for dogs who are pregnant.

This OTC medication will sedate your dog and some people use it for sleeping. They’ll become slightly lethargic which tends to reduce the car sickness feeling. If you and your car weary dog are going on a long journey, it can’t hurt to speak to your veterinarian. They’ll know the right dosage and how often you should administer it so your trip goes as planned.

Dosage & Directions

As with almost all human over-the-counter medications, don’t give it to your dog without knowing all aspects. A simple phone call goes a long way. Normally you would give 2-4 milligrams of Dramamine per pound of dog. It’s available in both tablet and liquid form, so you can determine which is easier.

Dramamine is most effective when given 30 minutes to 1 hour before they get in the car. This way it’s had time to start working and your dog should be relaxed by this stage.

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 are trying to achieve. You won’t know if Dimenhydrinate agrees with your dog until it’s tried. Knowing the right dose beforehand is obviously very important.

When administering such a human medication to a dog, always monitor them closely afterwards. At the first sign of a problem, stop the medication immediately and if necessary, call your vet. If you’re giving them 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.

Signs of Overdose

Correct Dramamine dosage is critical because it can either harm your dog or be ineffective. It’s easy to overdose dogs in general. Getting 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.

Natural Solution

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.

Otherwise, 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 providing it for the first time reaching out to a veterinarian is a must.

Never put a dog in a 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. You may be able to avoid Dramamine use all-together.

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Sandra May 2, 2015

I have a 2 year old 90 pound purebred German Shepherd. Early this morning he met up with a raccoon. He now has quills in his mouth and some on his chin. I have been able to pull most of them out. However, now he will not let me near him. He has even cut my leg up with his nails. I live in the country and not near a vet. Does anyone have any ideas for safely sedating him? I love my little boy so this is so hurting me to have to do this. Is there any liquid that I could put on him that will help to remove the quills?

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Denise May 2, 2015

Hi Sandra. It sounds like he met up with a porcupine as raccoons do not have quills. Check the wikiHow web site for how to remove porcupine quills. It’s very painful to the dog and broken quills can travel through the body. You will need to bring your dog to a vet to avoid possible infection and start on an antibiotic. This happened to my brother’s dog and a terrible life threatening infection followed. Better to be safe than sorry and caught early!

In terms of sedating him, there is nothing to you can do without causing possible death. Vets have the meds for this. You could give him 1 or 2 Benadryl tablets which would make him drowsy. But it will not help with pain. You can search online for a 24-hour emergency vet nearest to your area. Then call them, ask for advice. My heart goes out to you and your boy. Please call a vet.

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Mike February 24, 2015

We have a 7 pound 4 month old Havanese puppy with extreme car sickness. Even a few mile drive will result in car sickness. Is Dramamine safe for a small puppy?

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Spencer April 25, 2015

I have a nearly 6 year old Havanese male that averages 18 pounds plus or minus half a pound each time he goes to the vet. He can go half a day without food before he has to take a ride somewhere. He will still throw up water on his blanket in the car. I started giving a 50mg Dramamine tablet 1 hour before leaving. This seemed to do the trick. I take some water for him for the return from the groomer or vet. I used the 3mg rule for body weight which, in our case, is 18 pounds multiplied by 3 for 54mg. The only thing I still have to avoid is speed bumps since they tend to push him over the nausea edge.

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Barbara February 7, 2015

What I can give my poor 15 year old doggie who is partially blind and cannot hear any longer? When she walks she is not sure and very unstable. I know they give people Dramamine for vertigo and I wonder if that would help my poor old gal a little.

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DorrieL February 19, 2015

I agree. Studies have shown ginger to be more effective than Dramamine in dealing with motion sickness. It’s also good for nausea. My dogs and I started taking it for its anti-inflammatory properties. I have no experience with a vision impaired dog, but have read that it’s a good idea not to change the furniture around if you want to increase their confidence. You may want to find out if Lutein supplementation is safe for dogs. A raw or homemade diet may help as well.

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Korinna February 23, 2015

Dramamine is essentially a sedative antihistamine. It won’t hurt her but keep in mind this medicine can cause drowsiness and fogginess. See how she responds to it. My old boy just sleeps all day when he has to take Dramamine. He stumbles in and out of the house like he’s drunk. He is better without it but sometimes has terrible inflammation due to histamines from a mast cell tumor.

I agree not moving things around helps and having the floor well lit helps with my guy. I feel like if he can’t see the floor well, he just stands there sometimes. I’ve been giving him extra Omega-3 (Krill oil and DHA) and 1,000mg of Vitamin C twice per day and spreading treats out through the day to keep his mind active. We all like to look forward to things and he seems more perky, less standing around looking confused.

My treats are lightly boiled chicken breast but only a few bites at a time throughout the day. Also, check out some info on brain plasticity as it applies to dogs too I think!

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Susan December 21, 2014

My dog is approximately 100 pounds. She’s a 3 year old Golden/Lab. When she goes in the car for a 3 hour trip she throws up. Can I give her Dramamine and how much?

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Rick January 4, 2015

Yes, it is fine to give your dog Dramamine. I have a smaller dog, a Bichon Frise, that weighs about 26 pounds. As a retired Physician Assistant (PA) in the military, I admittedly know very little about animal biology but certain things ring true in all species. But, that withstanding, I still went to my vet and spoke to him about my dog’s car sickness and air sickness since he goes everywhere with me. He had no problems with giving him Dramamine 50mg, one dose only. I wouldn’t recommend giving a regular dog any more than that and even less for smaller ones.

Now, my dog doesn’t like the taste and even after I shoved it right down his throat, he still managed to hack it back up. If he even smells it, he runs for the hills. The only way I could administer it to him was by intramuscular (IM) or subcutaneous (SC) and found that to be a fight, especially IM, because he hates needles. But, if you’re crafty and sneaky, you can get him with a quick poke. It’s better to do that than have him sick in his cage for 4 to 8 hours.

Warning! If you do not have medical training then do not do this! Plain and simple! Take your dog to a vet and he will do it for you, assuming he needs a injection. You may injure and even kill your dog if this is not done correctly. It is not worth the risk! Hope that clears things up for you. Good luck.

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Alice November 4, 2014

Can I give my dog something to help her sleep? She has suddenly started barking in the night for no apparent reason and it is disturbing our rest.

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Sharon December 9, 2014

My vet had once recommended Benadryl for my dog’s allergies, for being itchy and scratchy in Spring, at much higher doses than we humans take. He also had once been prescribed Xanax, to calm him before thunderstorms, at almost the same dose as humans. Both medications put my dog to sleep, and Benadryl he took for 3 months at a stretch, but please do not continue use for so long without consulting your vet.

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DorrieL February 19, 2015

We are trying Quercetin. It’s being called natural Benadryl. It has lots of other great properties in addition to being an antihistamine.

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Scot December 17, 2014

The best way for your dog to sleep throughout the night is to make sure they get enough exercise. Does your dog likes to play fetch or tug a war? Do this with them in the evening and this should help them sleep. Some type of exercise will help.

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James Cross February 26, 2015

Hi there. Car sickness with dogs is a tricky one. To make sure it’s not just that he’s nervous, try to take him on short 10-minute drives. If the problem persists contact your vet and ask what medicine they can prescribe. Hopes this helps.

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Denise May 2, 2015

Try Melatonin! Up to 1mg for a small dog, up to 3mg for a medium and up to 9mg for a large dog. I’ve started my 14 year old Pug on it as per vet orders. He began to go nocturnal and keeping us all awake. He’s deaf and partially blind, could be anxiety or fear at night. He’s also having some Spinal Stenosis, could be pain. It could also be a canine cognitive disorder, the start of dementia. Just like in aging humans, “Sundowners Syndrome” hits a nights/day switch.

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