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Posted on 03-08-2016

Does your dog suffer from car sickness or motion sickness from another type of transportation?  One study has found as many as 1 in 5 dogs suffer from motion sickness.  Dogs with motion sickness may show a variety of signs including:

·         Drooling

·         Dry heaving

·         Excessive lip licking

·         Excessive panting

·         Inactivity

·         Pacing

·         Restlessness

·         Shaking

·         Vomiting

·         Whining

·         Yawning

If your dog demonstrates any of these signs during car rides, they may be suffering from motion sickness.  Did you know there is a medication that is FDA-approved for the prevention of vomiting due to car sickness in dogs?   Other medications used for motion sickness, such as Dramamine, are intended for human use and are not FDA-approved for the prevention of vomiting caused by motion sickness in dogs.  Human medications may be more difficult to dose for dogs and may have unwanted side effects, such as drowsiness.  Cerenia is a one-time daily dosing for dogs that is non-sedating.  It has been clinically tested to safely prevent vomiting in dogs.   It is available by prescription only.  We offer multiple dosing sizes in our office.  Ask your veterinarian if you think your pet suffers from motion sickness and if Cerenia may be right for them.  

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Kellie A. Kietzman, D.V.M.

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