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Are you wondering if Dramamine is a safe solution for your dog’s nausea and/or vomiting?
You aren’t alone. It’s pretty common for canines to have feelings of motion sickness or unexplained queasiness.
Here’s the deal:
Dramamine works for animals too. In general, the drug can be given to dogs.
With that being said, natural solutions are preferred. Keep reading for everything you need to know!
Dogs Can Take Dramamine
Dimenhydrinate, the active ingredient, can be a quick fix and veterinarians do prescribe it.
Dramamine, just like Benadryl, is fairly safe for dogs when properly dosed. However, side effects can and do occur.
For one, your dog may get overly drowsy. Another concern would be increased sensitivity to the sun.
Dramamine can be very harmful to a pet dog’s pregnancy.
We’ll talk more about adverse effects in a bit. For now let’s turn to dosing…
Dog Dosage And Directions
2-4 milligrams of Dramamine per pound of body weight is OK for most dogs.
A correct dose may require breaking tablets up.
Conservatively provide Dramamine to your dog 30 minutes to 1 hour prior to travel — the time delay will mean they’ll be relaxed upon entering the vehicle.
Avoid administering the product more than 3 times daily!
FYI: Dramamine comes in the original formula, Non-Drowsy Naturals, chewables form as well as a kids version. The non-drowsy kind may contain a bit too much ginger.
Another Dimenhydrinate Use
So it’s widely known that OTC Dramamine can effectively sedate a pet dog. This lethargy, in turn, tends to reduce feelings of motion sickness.
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Interestingly, Dramamine can also treat Vestibular Disease in geriatrics. This idiopathic balance disturbance is often mistaken for a stroke!
Whatever the situation, speak with your vet before giving your dog Dimenhydrinate.
Natural Solutions And Tips
Putting your dog in the car and going nearly nowhere (as a 1st step) could eventually eliminate motion sickness.
Simply lengthen trips, over time, until travel isn’t so traumatic. This technique is much preferred to antiemetics like Dramamine.
For a pet-friendly product, look into calming soft chew treats.
Last but not least, pure ginger is a remedy worth trying because it has properties that can relieve nausea.
An Empty Stomach Helps
Try withholding food for at least 8 hours prior to travel.
The fact is hunger can reduce motion sickness AKA Kinetosis.
Observe how your dog does under different scenarios. Perhaps you can avoid using Dramamine, or something similar like Meclizine, all-together.
Dramamine’s Side Effects
Dimenhydrinate, like all antihistamines, may negatively affect your dog in a variety of ways.
Dramamine, in particular, is known to cause dry mouth and urination difficulty. A loss of appetite, vomiting and/or diarrhea are also not uncommon.
Discontinue Dramamine (AKA Gravol) if it causes your dog problems.
Overdose Warning Signs
Sadly, it is easy to overdose on Dramamine. It happens all the time.
Concerning symptoms include:
- Respiratory problems
- Extreme lethargy
Obviously these all require immediate assistance.
The Bottom Line
Dramamine can be given to your dog for motion sickness or general feelings of nausea.
Of course, it’s always best to consult with your vet first.
Otherwise, be super careful with dosing and familiarize yourself with what could go wrong. Keep a watchful eye on your pet during use.
Alternatively, try natural remedies to manage your dog’s travel uneasiness.