Antiemetic for dogs are drugs administered to dogs to prevent nausea. When traveling with your furry friend, he may sometimes get uneasy due to the frequent shaking. Vets call this motion sickness. Antiemetics are therefore common with travelers intending to tag their dogs along. First things first, many brands offer Antiemetics – both over the counter and under prescription – I hope you know understand why consulting with your vet is imperative.
Antiemetics work and what other alternatives exist for your dog, continue reading on. You know that the typical cases of canine discomfort due to motion sickness can be treated without medication, right? If your dog gets overly-excited in trivial situations, he’ll be anxious when traveling too.
Many drug stores I know won’t hesitate to recommend Antiemetics for preventing motion sickness anxiety in pets – I can’t blame them: They’re trying to make a quick buck – but I know better. As a rule of thumb, you should avoid medication whenever possible. Dissimilar to emetics, that “force” your dog to vomit, Antiemetics overwhelm the gag flex.
If you’ve ever seen your dog eating grass after ingesting something bad, you know how emetics work. Antiemetics prevent vomiting by curbing the gag reflex. While some dogs enjoy a smooth car ride (and the large breeds will even stick their head outside), a few dogs get uneasy even before the car is ignited. This behavior is totally understandable considering that there is no point in dog history where they got used to being whisked around in moving vehicles. And administering Antiemetics isn’t natural either. Before opting for medication, first, try dog anxiety jackets. They calm anxiety and over-excitement by constant application of light pressure. They are quite effective.
Ask your vet, or dog trainer, for recommendations. With these anxiety jackets, he will feel safer when traveling and he will be calm as a result. Pet carriers work in a similar way too. Personally, I prefer pet carriers to FDA-unapproved, probably, hazardous medications. Luckily, the safest Antiemetic brands all require prescriptions.
Vets commonly prescribe Thorazine and Cerenia. In addition to being effective, they do not induce sedation. If you’re traveling on a tight budget, you should consider Pepto Bismol. Its available over the counter. But, you have to carefully read through the instructions before deciding on whether it’s good for your pet. You don’t want to cause more harm, do you? It is common for a dog to vomit after a chemotherapy session.
If this is the case, you could show affection by taking him to the vet for injectable Antiemetics. When your dog is uneasy after a chemotherapy session, you could alleviate the discomfort. Little gestures like this greatly improve the quality of his life. Chlorpromazine, derived from a common phenothiazine, prevents chronic nausea and vomiting in a rather amusing way. Instead of curing the discomfort, it blocks the canine’s dopamine receptors. Considering that there are many Antiemetics available, you should consult with your vet when looking for the most appropriate one.
Dogs occasionally vomit – it’s their natural instinct of getting rid of toxic substances they may have consumed. You shouldn’t be alarmed when he’s vomiting. Unless it’s too frequent or accompanied with diarrhea and moodiness. Before rushing to get Antiemetics, first determine why he’s vomiting. When dogs vomit, many pet owners withhold food for a day giving the dog’s gut ample time to cool down. Throughout this period, they ensure that their dog’s water bowl is full preventing dehydration. If this doesn’t work, it’s time to pay the vet a visit. They often recommend Pepcid – a common Antiemetic – as it treats nausea, discomfort and quite a number of skin infections.
If he’s under medication, make sure to point this out to the vet as other meds may worsen the situation. The anti-nausea medication may either be administered orally or through an injection. Sometimes nausea is induced by parasites – coccidia and Giardia being the typical culprits. Your vet may ask you for a stool sample. Blood analysis may also help in ruling out the infection.
Your vet will decide on the best cause of action depending on lab test results and your dog’s physical condition. If you notice that your dog’s health is still deteriorating even after administering Antiemetics, call your vet. If you notice he’s still experiencing abdominal pain or he’s making unsuccessful attempts at inducing vomiting, visit the vet immediately. Your pet may be suffering from gastric dilation volvulus, a fancy term vets use to describe bloating, and it’s potentially lethal. Sometimes dogs feel nauseated but won’t vomit.
Home remedies are often an overlooked solution in times like these. Antiemetics are good when he’s vomiting but if he’s typically uncomfortable and you aren’t noticing diarrhea, home care may do the trick. A bland diet does wonders in stopping mild nausea. Replace your pet’s normal food with plain boiled rice. This diet is smooth on the dog’s digestive tract and will give it ample time to recover before digesting complex diets. Feed your dog with plain rice and soup for the next 2 days. Pumpkin does wonders in eliminating nausea too.
Apart from being rich in natural fibers that help in digestion, it aids in recovery too. When preparing it, don’t add any spices (or sugar) as they may cause stomach upsets. You will notice that he will be feeling much better in the next 12 hours. While antiemetics are beneficial when prescribed, they may be harmful when misused. Before issuing any medication, seek guidance from an experienced vet you trust. If you’re not so sure what’s causing discomfort, stick to natural remedies. Dog owners frequently give their dogs yogurt when they are sick.
Plain flavorless yogurt is rich in probiotics. These are beneficial bacteria that reside in the digestive system. Since human probiotics are perfectly safe for dogs, you could cut costs and get the human versions instead. But you shouldn’t substitute visits to the vet for natural remedies. Sometimes nausea is an indication of a serious underlying complication such as an obscured bowel or colon infection. Have fun traveling with a motion-sickness-free pet.