When I was a kid I got a show dog. He was a beautiful German Shepherd, Huggie Bear. I couldn’t wait to show him off at my 4H dog training program. Problem was…. he couldn’t get there or anywhere else without vomiting in the car. We had to learn to take special measures, bring towels, water, cleaning supplies and I can remember the smell to this day — ick! Huggie eventually outgrew his severe motion sickness If only we’d had the meds of today to get that poor soul by on the way to dog training.
The medications available now are very effective in helping dogs who are motion sick, ill with vomiting due to viruses, bacteria or even anesthesia. You’ll see a drug called Cerenia, safe to use in puppies seven weeks and older, on your surgery paperwork. This is a highly recommended option with surgery at Riverside Animal Clinic & Holistic Center. Anti-emetics work by dulling the sense of motion in the inner ear and if taken orally, coating the lining of the stomach. Cerenia blocks a specific neutrotransmitter involved in vomiting within the central nervous system.
The WoofWoof MeowMeow Vet Advice Podcast talked in depth about Cerenia and other meds used to treat nausea and vomiting. Listen to the podcast here – hint – it’s the last topic of the show!