Antiemetic: Zofran For Dogs

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Learn about the use and dosage of ondansetron (Zofran) for dogs, includes important safety details and side effects.

Zofran (with active ingredient ondansetron) is an antiemetic medication, which means it is used to prevent vomiting. While typically used by people, the medicine is also prescribed by some vets for its effectiveness in the treatment of dogs. You shouldn’t give this drug to your dog without first checking it over with your vet, and it’s important that you understand the safety information. In this article you will find the usual dosage of this drug, the side effects and also safety guidelines.

Zofran dosage for dogs

Make sure you see the vet for a specific dosage. Usually, the prescribed amount ranges from 0.05 to 0.5 mg/lb body weight to be administered orally every 12 hours (twice daily). This means a 20 lb dog could be prescribed anywhere between 1 to 10 mg of Zofran. When given intravenously, the dosage tends to range between 0.05 to 0.1 mg/lb.

Is Zofran safe for dogs?

Zofran is not licensed yet for use in dogs, but is sometimes prescribed by vets to control vomiting in pets.

Safety precautions:

  • Never administer Zofran to your dog unless told to do so by your vet
  • Do not give Zofran to dogs who have swallowed a poisonous substance
  • Let the vet know of any existing medical conditions which your dog suffers from
  • Avoid administering new medicine alongside Zofran without veterinary approval

Notifying the vet of your dog’s medical conditions and any other medication he/she is taking will help the vet understand whether Zofran is right for your dog. When Zofran is injected, it is important that it is not mixed with any substances with which it is incompatible. Avoid administering Zofran alongside drugs which reduce its efficacy, such drugs include Rifampin.

Uses of Zofran for dogs

Zofran is sometimes given to dogs to treat:

  • Vomiting

The drug is most often used when your dog is undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy to reduce the severe vomiting associated with such treatments.

Side effects when giving Zeel to your dog

Side effects of Zeel use in dogs are highly unexpected. If your pet becomes ill during treatment contact a vet to prevent symptoms from progressing.

Alternative antiemetic: Cerenia for dogs
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