Pet meds for Motion Sickness

Even with indoor cats and toy breed dogs that often spend most of their time at home, it is often necessary to travel with our pets by automobile or plane, whether for a simple veterinary exam visit, or during vacation. One of the most frustrating problems in this situation is those pets that become extremely anxious during travel, and/or pets that become nauseous and excessively drool or vomit. There are both natural and prescription medicine alternatives animal guardians can try that can help with this frustrating problem.

Pet meds for motion sickness can help reduce your pet's anxiety and symptoms for nausea

The homeopathic remedy Cocculus, when given shortly before travel, can often help many vomiting animals. Natural Bach flower essences such as Be Serene or Rescue Remedy can help as well. For many years we used to suggest giving drugs like Benadryl (Diphenhydramine), Dramamine, Meclizine, or Acepromazine. However, efficacy does indeed vary with these drugs. A newer prescription drug called Cerenia can be prescribed by your veterinarian, should a stronger prescription medication be necessary to solve this frustrating problem.

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  1. My Toby (45lb Terrier mix) gets horrible car sickness and we travel 7hrs to visit family at least a few times per year. Our vet said we could give him half of a Dramamine, but that didn’t seem to help so he’s now up to a whole pill (vet said this was perfectly fine). We just crush it and give it to him in a bit of canned dog food about an hour before the trip (and don’t feed him too much day-of). No more clean-up, no prescription cost and hassle, and best of all- no more nauseated Toby!

  2. I have been told a peps will also help carsickness what about that


    • Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianDecember 27, 2013 at 11:48 pm · Reply

      I have not heard of pepcid helping wiht motion sickness, although it is cheap enough and cant hurt. Best drugs for motion sickness are cerenia, which is script from hour vet, and the over the counter medicine meclizine. Also can try the homeopathic remedy cocculus in 30c potency given 15 minutes before traveling, which also may help.


  5. I have three small dogs that travel everywhere with me. One of the three suffered horribly from motion sickness. I tried everything. This is my successful solution. I purchased a booster seat from amazon. I use liquid mint from the health food store. I put 2 drops of the mint on my dogs tongue 15 minutes before travel and 1 drop right before we leave. Lois travels in the booster seat and is able to see everything so she doesn’t feel like she is in a big moving box. This has worked incredibly well. such a relief. I also limit food prior to travel. now all three pups get to travel in style and comfort.

    • Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJanuary 2, 2014 at 2:46 pm · Reply

      Wonderful suggestion Kimberly. Thanks for the tip. Will keep it in mind, especially the liquid mint.

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