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Cerenia is a motion sickness pill for dogs that helps control symptoms that are
physically caused as opposed to problems that are more anxiety related in nature.
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Cerenia and Motion Sickness

Understanding Motion Sickness In Dogs

Cerenia, sometimes misspelled serenia, is a new motion sickness medication for dogs from Pfizer designed to help prevent dogs from vomiting when traveling in the car. It is estimated that one in every five dogs is prone to motion sickness. Motion sickness in dogs can be caused by a fear of the unknown, anxiety as to what to expect or other psychological issues. But motion sickness and the vomiting that can come with it, can also be due to the vestibular system in the ear not functioning properly or from physical, medical or even disease related issues.
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How Cerenia Might Be Able To Help

Cerenia works to help reduce vomiting by blocking certain neurotransmitter stimuli within the body's pathways that can trigger vomiting. According to Pfizer, cerenia has a high success rate in treating travel related vomiting when it is due to physical causes such as inner ear issues. However, it may not be effective for dogs that suffer from anxiety related nausea. The cause can be difficult to determine sometimes. It is possible of course that a dog who has physical related motion sickness can become anxious about travel simply because it makes him feel bad. In such cases, once the unpleasant physical results of travel have been eliminated, the anxiety aversion to travel may lessen. It may take some trial and error to determine if the cause is physical, psychological or a combination of the two. It is important to know cerenia does not have the sedating effects of benadryl or the tranquilizing effects of acepromazine - two other drugs sometimes given to reduce travel issues.

Using Cerenia

The main ingredient in cerenia is maropitant citrate. Cerenia is available by prescription in 16 mg, 24 mg, 60 mg and 160 mg tablets that can be given once daily two days in a row and then again after two days if necessary. Frequency is something that will be important to discuss with your veterinarian as it may vary depending upon your pet's particular needs and specific health issues. Cerenia tablets are available for pet owners to purchase online with a prescription from their veterinarian. There is also a cerenia injection available for veterinarians for use as they may determine during times of acute vomiting for various reasons not necessarily related to motion. Cerenia is also used sometimes to help prevent vomiting due to chemotherapy. The cerenia injection is not as readily available online as the tablets, but, some pharmacies will sell the injectable directly to your veterinarian. In general, the injectable variety, now approved for cats too, is given by veterinarians in the clinic to help acute vomiting issues in the clinic and the tablets can be given by pet owners to continue therapy as needed at home.

Giving Cerenia Tablets To Your Dog

According to Pfizer, cerenia is most effective when given after one hour of fasting and two hours before travel. However, it is okay to give cerenia with a little bit of food but Pfizer advises to stay away from fatty foods such as hot dogs. They also advise that dogs taking cerenia for motion sickness should be at least 16 weeks of age. Dosage will vary according to your dog's weight and your veterinarian should know what amount to prescribe.

Cerenia Side Effects

Side effects are possible and may include excessive drooling, lethargy, and vomiting (not related to motion sickness). There are some drugs that should not be taken concurrently with cerenia, as well as certain dogs with specific health problems that should avoid cerenia. Always visit thoroughly with your veterinarian before starting your pet on cerenia or any other health regimen and let them know what food and meds your pet is receiving.

Cerenia For Cats

Until recently, cerenia was only approved by the FDA for use in dogs only. However, in late May, 2012 Pfizer announced that the cerenia injectable variety had just received approval from the FDA for use in cats too as long as they are 16 weeks and older. Most of the veterinarians making comments online had been very pleased with the results they had seen from cerenia in both dogs and cats. In general, the consensus seemed to be that they were glad to see it had now been officially approved for use in cats too. Usage in cats may vary slightly however, as their physiology is different and dosage amounts by weight can be different than they are for dogs.
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