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Nausea Remedies for Tripawds

In our Treatment and Recovery Forum, there’s been a lot of talk about how to help our Tripawds through bouts of nausea. Whether a pup is going through chemotherapy or just gets car sick, there are many ways that pawrents can provide relief. Here’s a brief rundown of nausea remedies for dogs:

Prescription Remedies

Cerenia, by Pfizer Animal Health. Cerenia is the first FDA-approved medicine that was created to prevent motion sickness in dogs. This drug is also effective in treating nausea after chemotherapy. Side effects are rare but can include excessive drooling, lack of appetite and lethargy. Cerenia is usually given as an injection before chemotherapy, and the pill form can be purchased at your veterinarian’s office, Cerenia can also be ordered online.

Mirtazapine (also called Remeron). Dr. Demian Dressler, author of the Dog Cancer Survival Guide, recently wrote about this drug. He says: “The medication is a very effective appetite stimulant.  This is particularly useful in cases of canine cancer, especially if either chemotherapy or the cancer itself is causing a loss of appetite. On top of this, it helps with nausea and vomiting, and helps block spasm of the muscular wall of the stomach and intestine.  This is useful as it not only improves nutrition by keeping food down, but on top of that, alleviation of vomiting is a major life quality positive.”

Check Tripawds’ online pet pharmacies for comparison shopping.

Holistic Remedies

Ginger: Yes, the funny looking root vegetable you can get at the grocery store. Dr. Dressler endorses ginger and says: “Ginger has been shown to decrease vomiting as much as the most popular injection to fight nausea on vets’ shelves, metoclopramide. There is also published literature showing it fights vomiting caused by cisplatin, a common chemo drug, in dogs.”

Nux vomica: Among other uses, Nux vomica is used as a basic digestive remedy to relieve nausea, sour burping, gas and bloating.

Lemon Balm: Herbal remedies made with Lemon Balm are said to soothe the digestive system. Herbalists use it to soothe nausea, vomiting and poor appetite, as well as digestive problems caused by stress.

Arsenicum Album: This is useful for diarrhea and vomiting, and especially useful when being exposed to oxins such as chemotherapy, vaccines or food poisoning.

Do you have a favorite remedy for nausea? If so, be sure to share it with us here or in our Treatment and Recovery Forum Discussion.

Please be aware that we are not veterinarians. The information presented here is not meant to be construed as medical advice or guidance, nor should it be substituted for professional veterinary assistance. Always discuss any remedies and treatments you wish to pursue with your veterinarian.

8 thoughts on “Nausea Remedies for Tripawds”

  1. I think you should add ondansetron to the list ( generic for Zofran ). It is used for humans who are undergoing chemotherapy and it is available in oral and injectable forms. It did wonders for Lily. She got an ondansetron injection everytime she had chemo ( except for the first time).

  2. I agree Hope- I’ve written a couple of posts on this as well as I noticed that other tripawds are being prescribed Cerenia only. My vet prescribed Zofran (Ondansetron) as my primary anti-nausea med (and injection) for Mackenzie and then Cerenia as the secondary. Is there any information as to why this might be? We go to the City of Angels in Culver City CA, which is a pretty advanced facility so not sure why Zofran hasn’t been mentioned by other tripawds. Hope,is the first tripawd I’ve read about that has also been prescribed Zofran. Thanks. Kami (Mackenzie’s Mom)

  3. Thank you Hope & Kami. This drug doesn’t get mentioned a whole lot (in fact so little that we failed to include it on the list). Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with it.

    Hope, as a pharmacist, we especially appreciate your knowledge about drugs. Feel free to comment anytime! Thank you.

  4. My Mac got both ondansetron and cerenia. They both helped a lot with slightly different results. I think one time we used ondansetron with the chemo and cerenia later in the day.

  5. Thanks for the info on Zofran. Neddi has been on Cerenia and, most recently, Mirtazapine. Neither has helped improve her appetite during chemo. She’s also taking Metronidazole and Sufalcrate. Her vet, an excellent and caring oncologist, continues to help us try to find something that will relieve what we assume to be nausea, or maybe an ulcer. Meanwhile, I’m concerned about all of the meds she’s taking (in addition to her K-9 Immunity supplements). She’s taken more pills this year than I have over my entire lifetime. Having said that, though, we’ll persist in trying to find the right meds for her. I’ll ask my vet about trying Zofran. Again, thanks for your insights. Neddi was given a month to live 13 months ago and she’s still hanging in and living a fairly high-quality life.

  6. Hi Marilyn,
    In my case, Mackenzie’s nausea was on the more severe side after chemo so my vet prescribed both Zofran (Ondansetron) and Cerenia at the same time so Mackenzie ended up taking both meds for the first 5 days or so following her chemo treatment (plus has an injection prior to her treatment). She also recommended ginger as an added supplement. In combination, all 3 seemed to help a lot more than when they were taken alone. I also had Mirtazapine on hand but from what I understand, it’s not as strong as Zofran. Zofran is also prescribed to humans who are undergoing chemo so you can get this at any regular pharmacy.

    That’s so amazing about your Neddi beating the odds like she has. We always love to hear stories like this – gives the rest of us a lot of hope! Thanks for sharing.
    Kami (Mackenzie’s Mom)

  7. Thanks so much, Kami. Neddi has a check-up tomorrow. I’ll ask about using all three in combination. And thanks, Admin, for this terrific website and all of your support.

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