Does your pup get the woozies whenever you go on a long road trip? Are you considering going on a camping trip with your dog or maybe you just want to learn how to care for a dog with an upset stomach? There are many ways to reduce motion sickness in your dog and veterinarians often prescribe an antihistamine called dimenhydrinate, or commonly known as Dramamine, to help ease motion sickness and upset stomachs. Although the Food and Drug Administration has not approved its use in animals, Dramamine can generally be used safely under the guidance of a veterinarian, according to Veterinary Place.
Typical dosages for dogs depend on their body weight. This will run from 2 to 4 mg per pound of body weight. For example, a 50 pound dog could be given 100 milligrams of Dramamine every 8 hours to ease the effects of motion sickness or upset stomach. You can give Dramamine to your pup orally in tablet or liquid form.
When To Give Dramamine
Dramamine works best when given 30 to 60 minutes before a car ride, according to Vet Info. Dosages can be taken every 8 hours as needed.
Common side effects include dry mouth, sedation and difficulty urinating. Appetite loss, diarrhea and vomiting can also occur. Taking Dramamine with food might lessen the severity of side effects.
Dramamine can interact with other medications such as central nervous system depressants. Dramamine should not be given to dogs that are allergic to antihistamines or those with certain medical conditions, such as hyperthyroidism.
An overdose can lead to seizures, respiratory depression, lethargy, coma or death. While Dramamine may be a good solution for your pet while traveling or on long car rides, you should be sure to consult with your veterinarian before giving your dog any medication.