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Cerenia

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If your dog’s motion sickness prevents you from taking him or her with you when you travel, Cerenia could help to finally make trips possible. Used to prevent vomiting in dogs who suffer from motion sickness, the medication is available only with a doctor’s prescription. Unlike other motion sickness treatments for dogs, Cerenia does not leave dogs feeling drowsy because it is not an antihistamine. Instead, it works by blocking the production of a brain chemical that causes the vomiting response. Available in four different strengths to suit dogs of all breeds, the medication is safe for pups who are at least 8 weeks old. Just one dose per day is all that is required to control motion sickness-related vomiting for an entire day.

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What is Cerenia?

Cerenia (maropitant citrate) is the first and only FDA-approved veterinary antiemetic that effectively treats canine and feline vomiting from multiple causes including motion sickness. The once a day dosing works quickly and has no sedating effects. It is intended for use in dogs 8 weeks of age or older. Cerenia is safe for cats. Cerenia is indicated for the prevention of acute vomiting and prevention of vomiting due to motion sickness in dogs. It is intended for use in dogs 8 weeks of age or older. Cerenia requires a prescription from your veterinarian.

Benefits:

  • Prevents acute vomiting and vomiting due to motion sickness in dogs
  • Comes in 4 different size tablets for various weight classes
  • Once a day dosing
  • Non-sedating

How it works:

Cerenia is considered an antiemetic. It helps control acute vomiting and vomiting due to motion sickness in dogs. Vomiting occurs when a certain substance called substance P in the brain is triggered. Maropitant citrate, the ingredient in Cerenia, blocks substance P thus controlling the vomiting reaction.

Cautions:

Not for use in humans. Keep out of reach in children. Topical exposure may elicit localized allergic skin reactions in some individuals. In case of accidental ingestion, seek medical advice. Repeated or prolonged exposure may lead to skin sensitization. Wash hands with soap and water after administering drug. Cerenia is also an ocular irritant. In case of accidental eye exposure, flush with water for 15 minutes and seek medical attention.

Additional Information

When your dog has diarrhea or is vomiting because of many various reason; things could get messy and cleaning is definitely difficult especially if your pet does this indoors or even in the car. More than just the stains you could get on your carpets or upholstery, the worry that this brings is even worse. Help stop vomiting and treat diarrhea with Cerenia.

Maropitant Citrate Cerenia is the leading treatment veterinarians recommend for vomiting and diarrhea in dogs. This can be used to prevent and/or treat acute vomiting. If you are going on a trip with your dog, and he always has motion sickness while in the car, Cerenia may also be administered to prevent such situations.

Vomiting in dogs can be caused by various reasons while some are normal, others can be more serious such as parasitic infections or diseases. If your dog has been vomiting continuously or has diarrhea, you should watch out for the following:

  1. Your dog is starting to lose weight.
  2. There is blood in the vomit or stool of your dog.
  3. Your dog is getting dehydrated.
  4. Your dog’s appetite has significantly reduced.
  5. Your dog doesn’t get thirsty as much or wouldn’t drink plenty of water.
  6. Your dog’s energy has lessened.

Cerenia is available in injectable form and must be administered by a veterinarian. This can be used to treat acute vomiting in dogs that are older than 2 months. Cerenia Tablets may also be used for the same reason. Tablets can also be administered on dogs older than 4 months to prevent motion sickness.

Reminders Prior to Administering Cerenia on Your Dog

Whether you will use it for acute vomiting, prevention of motion sickness vomiting or diarrhea, you must consult a veterinarian first.
Do not use Cerenia if your dog is allergic to any ingredient of the medication. Make sure to inform your veterinarian about your dog’s history for proper treatment and prescription.
Caution must be observed when using in dogs that have a history of hepatic dysfunction.
Injectable Cerenia may be painful, and this is a common concern.
Avoid having skin contact to Cerenia as you administer this to your dog. If Cerenia gets on human skin, it may trigger allergic skin reactions.

Cerenia can be used to immediately treat your dog’s vomiting or diarrhea as you wait for results on your veterinarian’s inspection or tests on your dog. A trusted treatment for acute vomiting in dogs, Cerenia is now the only FDA-approved medication for such condition. In some cases, Cerenia may also be prescribed for cats.

Avoid the mess and lessen the worry. Keep your dog healthy and happy at all times without the vomit and the diarrhea with Cerenia.

More Information

Brand Name
Cerenia (Pfizer)

Generic Name
maropitant citrate

What is the most important information I should know about Cerenia:
Dogs should not be fed for at least 1 hour prior to giving Cerenia. For the prevention of acute vomiting Cerenia can be given once a day for up to 5 days. For prevention of vomiting due to motion sickness Cerenia can be given once a day, 2 hours before traveling, for up to 2 days in a row. Do not embed Cerenia in hot dogs, sausage, hard cheese or pill pockets to give the tablet as this may decrease efficacy by delaying absorption. If necessary, loosely wrap the tablet in a small amount of food such as deli meat.

What is Cerenia:
Cerenia is an antiemetic, prescription-required medication FDA approved for use in dogs 8 weeks of age or older for the prevention of acute vomiting and vomiting due to motion sickness. Cerenia is available as 16mg, 24mg, 60mg, or 160mg tablets in blister packs of 4 tablets. The usual minimum dose of Cerenia for prevention of acute vomiting in dogs is 0.9mg/pound once a day for up to 5 days. The usual minimum dose of Cerenia for prevention of vomiting due to motion sickness is 3.6mg/pound once a day, given 2 hours prior to travel, for up to 2 consecutive days.

What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving Cerenia:
Do not use this medication in animals allergic to it. Tell your veterinarian if your pet has liver disease, gastrointestinal obstruction, or if your pet is pregnant or nursing.

How should this medication be given:
Give Cerenia exactly as directed by your veterinarian. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist or veterinarian to explain them to you. For prevention of motion sickness, Cerenia should be given 2 hours before traveling, but you should not feed your pet for at least 1 hour before giving Cerenia. Blood tests or other medical evaluations may be required by your veterinarian to monitor your pet. Store Cerenia at controlled room temperature (68°-77° F). Keep this medication out of the reach of children and other pets.

What happens if I miss giving a dose:
Give the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and give the next one as directed. Do not give a double dose of the medication unless directed to by your veterinarian.

What happens if I overdose the pet:
Contact your veterinarian or veterinary emergency room. Symptoms of Cerenia overdose may include diarrhea, bloody stool, loss of appetite, lethargy.

What should I avoid while giving Cerenia to my pet:
Topical exposure to Cerenia may cause localized allergic skin reactions in some individuals. Repeated or prolonged exposure may lead to skin sensitization. Wash hands with soap and water after giving the medication. In case of accidental eye exposure, flush the eye with water for 15 minutes and seek medical attention.

What are the possible side effects of Cerenia:
If any of the following serious side effects occur, stop giving Cerenia and seek emergency veterinary medical attention: an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing, swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; hives); sudden onset of diarrhea; vomiting; shock; seizures; coma. Other less serious side effects may occur. If any of the following side effects occur, continue to give Cerenia and talk to your veterinarian: drooling, lethargy, drowsiness. Side effects other than those listed in this guide may occur. Talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome to your pet.

What other drugs will affect Cerenia:
Consult your veterinarian before giving Cerenia to pets also being given NSAIDs, heart, anticonvulsant, and behavioral medications since interactions may occur. Drugs other than those listed in this guide may also interact with Cerenia. Talk to your veterinarian or pharmacist before giving any prescription or over the counter medicines, including vitamins, minerals, and herbal products.

Where can I get additional information:
Your pharmacist has additional information about Cerenia written for health professionals that you may read.

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