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Whether it’s a trip to the vet or a long car ride, sometimes dogs get nauseous or car sick. Thankfully, there are treatment options available to curb those symptoms. Cerenia is a type of medication for dogs that can ease the pain and anguish of gastrointestinal upset. If you believe your dog could benefit from anti-nausea medication, talk to their veterinarian for more information.

What is Cerenia?

Cerenia is a medication that can treat the following in dogs:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Motion sickness

Is Cerenia safe for dogs?

The safety of using Cerenia for your dog may depend on your dog’s age, as well as their medical history. It is FDA-approved for veterinary use, but you should still talk to your pet’s vet before starting treatment.


Cerenia is prescription only. 1-800-PetMeds explains the medication comes in four different sizes to accommodate dogs of all sizes, and it is a once daily medication that can be administered for up to five days. For personalized dosage instructions, talk to your veterinarian.

Please note: Cerenia may interact with certain medications and medical conditions, including but not limited to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), liver disease, pregnancy and/or nursing and gastrointestinal issues, respectively.

Side Effects

Your dog may experience side effects during treatment with Cerenia, including but not limited to:

  • Allergic reaction
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Lip/tongue/facial swelling
  • Hives
  • Diarrhea and/or vomiting
  • Drooling
  • Lethargy
  • Appetite change
  • Bloody or black stool

If your dog experiences ANY side effects, contact their vet immediately. Please note this list may not be exhaustive.

Final Thoughts

Because Cerenia has the potential to interact with a range of health conditions and medications, it is absolutely critical that you openly discuss your pet’s health history with their veterinarian. Furthermore, if you start Cerenia treatment with your dog but notice they are experiencing side effects, call their vet immediately for medical assistance.

Disclaimer: This article does not constitute professional medical advice, nor can it replace the advice of a licensed professional.

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