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:
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.
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.”
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.