Is Dramamine Safe For Dogs?

by Perfect Puppy Care on August 22, 2013

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Dramamine, which is a brand name version of the medicine dimenhydrinate, can be used for dogs and is known to reduce the symptoms of motion sickness. However, it is not safe for all dogs to consume and it has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for canine use. Dogs with glaucoma, heart problems, a history of seizures or thyroid disorders should not be given the medication.

Dramamine is an antihistamine used to inhibit stimulation of the vestibular system of the brain. The vestibular system is located within the dog’s inner ear and it works to detect motion. Excessive stimulation can cause nausea, dizziness and imbalance.

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The dosage is two to four mgs per pound of body weight. The medication can be given every eight hours. Side effects of the medication may include sedation, drowsiness, fatigue, diarrhea and vomiting.

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