Cerenia Medication for Dogs

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Approximately one in every six dogs suffers from motion sickness while traveling, reports Pfizer Animal Health. Cerenia is a medication used to help dogs that suffer while riding in a car or other vehicle.

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Cerenia is a U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved oral medication that contains maropitant citrate available with a veterinarian's prescription.


Cerenia functions by blocking receptors of the brain that cause vomiting when stimulated. Because of this, riding in a vehicle will not trigger the reaction in its brain that causes motion sickness.

Time Frame

Doctors prescribe Cerenia for consumption with a small meal two hours before driving, reports Pfizer Animal Health. The medication is safe for use once per day for up to two days in a row, or a lower dosage for five days to treat disease-related nausea.

Side Effects

Possible side effects of Cerenia include excessive drooling, lethargy and vomiting not due to motion sickness, reports Pfizer Animal Health.


Veterinarians do not prescribe Cerenia for pregnant or nursing dogs or puppies under sixteen weeks of age. If your dog suffers from liver disease, it may not be safe for it to take Cerenia, cautions VeterinaryPartner.com.

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