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November 2, 2023

Thanks to access to better tools that analyze big data I now know that people ask questions like this: Can I Give My Dog Dramamine: Is It Safe? So, let's take a look. Remember, we went through a LOT of options for Tori's epic car sickness. We have a solution that sort of works, but she still struggles. In some cases, dramamine is NOT safe for certain dogs. 

Can I Give My Dog Dramamine?

TL/DR - Probably so, yes.

Are you wondering if it's safe to give your furry friend Dramamine? Unfortunately, dogs, just like people, can experience motion sickness, anxiety, or nausea. You'll get a lot of advice about things to try for carsick puppies or dogs. They're so miserable that it's natural for to want to provide some relief to your best puppers.

As always, it's best to consult with your veterinarian before administering any medication to your dog. In the case of Dramamine, for example, consider these key details. 

What is Dramamine Anyway?

Dramamine is an over-the-counter medication commonly used by humans to help alleviate symptoms of motion sickness, including nausea, dizziness, and vomiting. It contains an active ingredient called dimenhydrinate, which works by blocking signals to the vestibular system in the brain that controls balance and motion sickness. It's actually an antihistamine that also creates sedative effect which can help calm nerves and reduce anxiety.

can I give my dog dramamine graphic 1 -- cartoon car driving down a road

Can Dogs Take Dramamine?

While Dramamine is generally considered safe for dogs, it is crucial not to make assumptions or administer it without proper guidance. Always consult with a veterinarian before giving any medication to your pet. Although some veterinarians may prescribe Dramamine for certain situations, the dosage and administration should be determined by a professional.

Dramamine Dosing and Administration for Dogs

The dosage of Dramamine for dogs can vary depending on their size, weight, and individual health conditions. Never use a human dosage guide to determine how much to give your dog. The veterinarian will calculate the appropriate dosage based on these factors, as well as the specific reason for its use (such as motion sickness or anxiety). Providing the wrong dosage could have harmful side effects or be ineffective.

can I give my dog dramamine graphic 2 -- another cartoon car with dog sticking out of the roof driving down a straight road

Potential Side Effects of Dramamine for Dogs

As with any medication, Dramamine can have side effects in dogs. Some common side effects might include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Urinary retention
  • Constipation. 

More severe side effects are less common but can occur:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Tremors
  • Seizures
  • Allergic reactions

Allergic reactions may manifest as swelling, hives, difficulty breathing, or even collapse. Contact your veterinarian immediately if you observe any adverse reactions after giving Dramamine to your dog.

Precautions and Considerations

Certain dogs may be more sensitive to Dramamine than others, particularly those with pre-existing health conditions or taking other medications. Conditions such as glaucoma, urinary retention, heart, liver, or kidney diseases could make Dramamine unsuitable or require special considerations when determining the dosage.

Short-Term, NOT Continuous Use for Dramamine for Dogs

Dramamine should not be used for long-term treatment and should only be administered for a specific purpose as advised by a veterinarian. Furthermore, Dramamine is not a cure for motion sickness; it only helps manage the symptoms. If your dog experiences motion sickness, there are other alternative treatments and strategies that your veterinarian can suggest.

About the Author Roxanne Hawn

Trained as a traditional journalist and based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA, I'm a full-time freelance writer for magazines, websites, and private clients. My areas of specialty include everything in the lifestyles arena, including health and home, personal finance and other consumer interests, relationships and trends, people and business profiles ... and, of course, all things pet related.

I don't just love dogs. I need them in my life. Seriously.

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