Cerenia for dogs with motion sickness and vomiting

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This page contains information about Cerenia for dogs such as the correct dosage, side effects, safety guidelines and more.

Cerenia, which contains the active ingredient maropitant, is an antiemetic specially formulated for dogs. It is a prescription medication, which means you will need to visit your vet prior to use, and should only be given to dogs over 16 weeks of age. Antiemetics effectively treat nausea and vomiting, and are commonly used for prevention of motion sickness. Maropitant works by blocking the pharmacological action of certain substances in the central nervous system (CNS) of dogs.

Cerenia dosage for dogs

Cerenia is sold in four different formulations with different size tablets ranging from 16 mg to 160 mg. The usual dosage of Cerenia as it applies to motion sickness is 3.6 mg for every pound your dog weighs to be given once a day, whereas for the treatment of acute vomiting 0.9 mg per pound body weight once a day is more common. There is a specific protocol you should follow to ensure your dog receives the full benefits of Cerenia. Firstly, you should withhold all food for 1 hour prior to administering the drug, and secondly, you should wait 2 hours after administering the drug before travelling with your pet. Cerenia should be given alongside a light snack, but avoid fatty foods as they may delay the time it takes for the effects of the drug to kick in.

For treating acute vomiting, you may administer Cerenia up to 5 days in a row. For motion sickness you may administer the drug two days in a row, but following this you will need to avoid administering the substance again for 48 hours.

Is Cerenia safe for dogs?

Cerenia is safe for dogs over 16 weeks of age, and when used under veterinary guidance and approval. You should read the following safety guidelines to further ensure the well-being of your pet.

Safety precautions

  • Withhold food for an hour before administering Cerenia to your dog
  • Avoid giving to dogs under 16 weeks old
  • Notify the vet and consider avoiding use in dogs with liver problems
  • Avoid giving to pregnant/lactating dogs
  • Never give Cerenia to dogs who have swallowed toxic substances or foreign objects
  • Only administer the drug for the recommended number of consecutive days

Remember to only administer the drug for an appropriate number of consecutive days. For motion sickness this is two days in a row, whereas for acute vomiting you may give the substance up to five days in a row. As a prescription drug you must seek approval from your vet prior to use, never give Cerenia to your dog without first consulting with your vet. You should notify the vet of any other medication your dog is taking.

Uses of Cerenia for dogs

Cerenia is an antiemetic drug and commonly used to treat:

  • Acute vomiting
  • Motion sickness

Zoetis, the manufacturers of Cerenia, market this product specifically towards dogs suffering with motion sickness.

Side effects of Cerenia when given to dogs

The most common side effects when giving Cerenia to your dog includes excessive drooling, fatigue and vomiting. Notify your vet if your dog suffers any unforeseen negative reactions to this medicine.

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