Can I Give My Dog Dramamine?

Can I Give My Dog Dramamine?If you have a dog that experiences nausea or vomiting, as a result of motion sickness, then Dramamine may be a solution. This common travel complication is a reality that owners often must deal with.

Natural ways to overcome this condition, which is induced by motion, can take some time. Dramamine is fast-acting and effective for dogs, but it’s best to take steps to avoid the causes of canine kinetosis in the first place.

In any case, learn as much as possible about Dramamine before administering it to your beloved dog. This drug’s chemical name is dimenhydrinate and it can, in fact, be successfully used to suppress motion sickness in animals.

Can I Give My Dog Dramamine? Answer: Yes

It’s a quick solution, vet’s use it, but other ideas should be tried first.

Dramamine has long been used for canine travel sickness. It’s generally safe for dogs when properly dosed. This over-the-counter antihistamine does, however, come with side effects. Your dog may become overly drowsy but increased sensitivity to sun exposure, especially during the summer months, is also a concern. There are situations where Dramamine is inappropriate. Pregnant dogs, for example, should never be given this antiemetic drug.

Quality calming chewable tablets made for dogs are a good option to consider as well.

Natural Solutions & Tips

Putting your dog in the car and going nearly nowhere, as a first step, is the best way to eventually rid your dog of motion sickness. Over time you slowly start lengthening trips until they get used to traveling. This method is proven effective and more preferred than Dramamine. Ginger can be given to dogs and it’s also an excellent way to relieve nausea.

Avoid putting your dog in the car on a full stomach. Withhold food for at least 8 hours before traveling. The level of motion sickness may be dramatically reduced when they are relatively hungry. Observe how your dog does under different variables such as these. You may be able to avoid Dramamine all-together.

Better Safe than Sorry

This OTC medication will sedate your dog. Being slightly lethargic tends to reduce the motion sickness feeling. If your car weary canine is going on a long journey, it can’t hurt to speak to your veterinarian before providing Dramamine. They’ll know the proper dosage and how to administer it, so your trip goes as planned.

Dosage & Directions

2-4 milligrams of Dramamine per pound of body weight is appropriate for most dogs. It’s available in tablet and liquid form, so you can determine which is easier. Getting the correct dosage may require breaking tablets up into smaller pieces. Liquid Dramamine needs to be measured with exceptional care.

Provide this drug to your dog 30 minutes to 1 hour prior to travel for it to be most effective. This way your best buddy should be relaxed the moment they enter the vehicle.

Side Effects of Dramamine

Dimenhydrinate, as well as other antihistamines, can possibility harm your dog or be ineffective. Dramamine can have several side effects including dry mouth, sedation and difficulty urinating. Some dogs may also suffer from appetite loss, vomiting or diarrhea. As you can see, this medication isn’t without its drawbacks since such symptoms are distressing and counterproductive.

Unfortunately, you can’t know if Dimenhydrinate agrees with your dog until it’s tried.

Dreaded Signs of Overdose

If Dramamine, known as Gravol in Canada, causes your dog to vomit then it’s obviously defeated the intended purpose. More seriously, overdosing of pets is sadly quite easy. Very concerning symptoms include seizures, respiratory problems, lethargy and even coma. Obviously these require immediate veterinary assistance. There may be a small window of time to get your dog some help!

Conclusion on Dramamine

Yes, you can provide Dramamine to your dog for preventing motion sickness symptoms. It’s used successfully but administering the right dose, 30-60 minutes prior to travel, can be tricky. Consulting with your vet is always smart. Closely monitor your dog for signs of trouble since complications are possible. Pregnant canines should never be given Dramamine. Consider more natural solutions, or a canine-formulated product, for treating your dog’s travel uneasiness.

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Rachel February, 2016

I have a Schnoodle and we are going on a 6 hour car trip. How much Dramamine will calm him down, 50mgs?

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Kat August, 2015

I am wondering how much ginger to give to a 64 pound Basset Hound with terrible motion sickness. She is 4 years old and has suffered from it since she was a pup. Literally the day I brought her home she threw up in the car. We’ve tried short trips but anything over 10 minutes in the car and the drooling begins. I’m looking for a solution as the Cerenia I get from the vet is $54 for 4 pills which is only 2.5 doses. I’ve heard you can use Dramamine or some other human motion sickness meds but I haven’t investigated thoroughly for safety.

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Sandra May, 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, 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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Wendy September, 2015

You seriously need to get him to a vet. There may be quills you can see and if not removed, will cause infection. Your dog needs antibiotics. Sedation is not a good idea without a vet’s advice, it’s way too dangerous.

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Mike February, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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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