Can Cerenia Cause Death in Dogs?

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What to do if your dog died from Cerenia?

After the cerenia incident, I started this petition in hopes that change would happen to prevent other pets from dying, as my sweet baby did.

There are many cases similar to mine when using Cerenia for nausea and vomiting in dogs. One case at a time, we can make a difference!

We need to get stronger together to create awareness so pet owners who use the medication will become educated on what symptoms could occur after taking it.

Does your dog take this? If so, do you know the symptoms listed below? Educate yourself!

Please read all symptoms thoroughly before giving your dog/puppy this or any medicine!!

Do not wait until it is too late because you will never know if they have these symptoms until it is too late for your pet.

From the Manufacturer:

In a study of 829 dogs, vomiting was the most common adverse reaction reported during the post-approval use of maropitant citrate tablets in dogs.

Vomiting was generally self-limiting and resolved without treatment within one day of dosing.

Some transient lethargy or decreased activity may be noted after administration of Cerenia Tablets. If vomiting persists after a dose, then alternative therapy should be considered1.

Symptoms to watch for before it’s too late!

Vomiting that does not resolve quickly when they have finished their treatment course can cause ileus (paralysis) of the bowel and lead to death in some cases.

Symptoms of ileus include, but are not limited to:

  • · lethargy
  • · lack of appetite
  • · weakness

If you notice any of these symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately. If it is too late and your dog is experiencing severe symptoms, then a vet visit will be needed as soon as possible.

If your dog’s stomach has been pumped or they have been treated with IV fluids (fluids given through the vein), this can cause additional problems such as low blood pressure and hypokalemia (potassium levels becoming too low).

This can lead to an irregular heartbeat and even death if not properly cared for. As long as the potassium levels return to normal quickly after treatment, this should become less of a problem (with proper nursing care).

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cerenia killed my dog
cerenia killed my dog

Cerenia Killed My Dog

Please accept our sincere condolences.

Although we cannot bring your pet companion back, there are some things that you can do on Cerenia (also known as Maropitant Citrate).

Cerenia is a medically and legally approved medication. However, there are some things you need to be aware of in the future.

What is Cerenia?

Maropitant citrate is a member of the neurokinin-1 receptor antagonist family and is a centrally acting antiemetic.

Is Cerenia safe for dogs?

Yes, Cerenia is safe for dogs. The active ingredient in the medication is maropitant citrate, and it belongs to a class of drugs called neurokinin-1 receptor antagonists (NK1RAs).

Maropitant has been extensively studied at doses two or three times higher than that used in Cerenia; however, there were no differences between the safety profiles of maropitant administered alone at those doses and co-administered with morphine (commonly used as part of preoperative medication regimes but not permitted by the FDA).

After administration of more than 60 million doses to over 8 million animals worldwide, including over 3 million dogs treated with Cerenia, there have been no reports of serious adverse events associated with maropitant use in dogs.

Cerenia has been studied in over 200 dogs, both young and old, with no evidence of increased susceptibility or side effects in geriatric animals.

The safety of Cerenia has also been assessed when used concurrently with other common therapies, such as vaccinations, anthelmintics, dewormers, diagnostics, antibiotics, and anti-inflammatories.

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How does Cerenia work?

Maropitant is a neurokinin-1 (NK1) receptor antagonist which works by blocking the action of substance P in the nervous system.

Substance P is one of several chemicals that send pain messages to the brain when they bind to their receptors on cells lining fluid-filled spaces throughout the body.

In order for substance P to bind to its receptor, a protein called neurokinin-1 receptor accessory protein (NK1RAP) must first be present.

Maropitant binds and inhibits NK1RAP and blocks the action of substance P at its receptors in much the same way as capsaicin binds and inhibits transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) – also known as the capsaicin receptor – found on cells lining fluid-filled spaces throughout the body such as those surrounding nerves that signal pain.

Unlike other NK1 antagonists such as aprepitant, which require timely administration prior to chemotherapy, maropitant can be administered two days before or after chemotherapy because it does not interfere with transporter proteins involved in drug elimination and is not processed by the liver.

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Why isn’t there a human antiemetic that can be given to dogs?

There are several reasons why we cannot use human antiemetics formulated for humans in dogs:

1)Animal oral formulations contain different levels of the active ingredient, which are not equivalent to human preparations.

2)The pharmacokinetics of the drug in animals may be different than in humans.

3)Different species metabolize drugs differently, and dogs can tolerate much higher doses than people.

What is Cerenia made from?

Maropitant citrate injection is a clear, colourless solution that contains 1 mg/mL maropitant as an active ingredient dissolved in water for injection with sodium chloride added for osmolality adjustment and citric acid as a pH adjuster.

Maropitant serves as an inhibitor of substance P, a key neurotransmitter involved in emesis (vomiting). Maropitant also inhibits nausea by blocking receptors for another key neurotransmitter called histamine.

When both of these neurotransmitters are inhibited, they have a more significant effect on stopping vomiting.

By inhibiting both substances P and histamine simultaneously, maropitant may provide effective relief from nausea and vomiting that occurs before or after surgery or due to other causes such as motion sickness or toxin exposure2.

For dogs only.

Do not administer Cerenia Tablets to cats, as they are deficient in the necessary enzymatic pathways to form active metabolites3.

What is the most common dosage?

Maropitant is given at 1mg/kg orally twice daily for the first 3 days, followed by 1mg/kg once daily for an additional 4 days4.

This means a 50lb dog would get Cerenia at 25mg twice a day for the first 3 days, then 12.5mg once a day for the next 4 days.

This is one dosage that works best, according to my Vet, but there are others out there!

Cautions and Warnings

The following precautions should be taken before using maropitant citrate tablets in dogs:

Do not use in sick, debilitated, or underweight animals (Body Condition Score <5) because of the increased risk of severe adverse reactions associated with this drug class6. DoMaropitant citrate may cause vomiting, which could lead to aspiration of vomitus.

To reduce the risk of potential ingestion of vomitus, owners should be advised not to leave their dog unattended for periods after dosing with maropitant 7.

Maropitant is contraindicated in dogs with hypersensitivity reactions to maropitant citrate or Cerenia Tablets8. Do not administer in conjunction with other emetogenic agents because of increased emesis risks 9

Do not use in animals receiving MAO inhibitors such as selegiline 10,11

Do not use in pregnant or lactating bitches or breeding males1,12

Be aware that some animals may require additional antiemetics during the postoperative period 8. Notify your Veterinarian of any side effects or adverse reactions your dog may experience after administration of maropitant citrate tablets.

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Adverse Reactions

The most common adverse reactions reported were vomiting, depression/lethargy, anorexia (loss of appetite), and diarrhea1. If you notice anything else that concerns you contact your Veterinarian as soon as possible!

If this is an emergency and it has been less than 24 hours since the last dose, call your Vet ASAP! Your dog could be in serious danger.

If more than 24 hours have passed and it’s safe to transport him, still bring him in but take precautions like muzzle and perhaps a towel over his head. Be careful not to make sudden movements that will scare him more.

Keep a close eye on your dog if you have to stay with him while he is recovering from the effects of Cerenia. Package inserts always say this, but it’s worth mentioning!

cerenia killed my dog
cerenia killed my dog

What to expect when giving a dog Cerenia

Cerenia should only be given orally. It can be given with or without food. It doesn’t matter12. Administer as soon as possible after the onset of vomiting or nausea4.

Package inserts state that the full effect may not be seen for up to 24 hours1. So you will need to continue administering until your Veterinarian clears them for discharge13.

I would recommend doing so until your Vet gives you the okay regardless! Since they were admitted and can’t get food and water on their own, they can’t be expected to go this long without it.

Cerenia affects the chemoreceptor trigger zone (CRTZ) and is thought to work by inhibiting substance P, a key neurotransmitter in the vomiting reflex14.

It also inhibits histamine, which further suppresses nausea2.

Side effects of Cerenia on dogs 

Cerenia has not been associated with any major side effects, but vomiting is a common one1. It can also cause lethargy and listlessness1. If these symptoms persist or worsen, contact your veterinarian immediately!

The package insert states that the most serious adverse effect is acute hypotensive episodes, which have been reported in dogs receiving high doses of maropitant2.

This condition typically resolves within 24 hours without clinical intervention3. If it does not, seek Veterinary care as soon as possible4!

What are other (safer) alternatives to Cerenia?  

There are many other alternatives that you can use at home to help ease your dog’s symptoms.

For the sudden onset of nausea and vomiting, try Popsicle (ice cream for dogs).

Simply mix any kind of plain ice cream with water until it is the consistency of a milkshake.

Let it sit in the fridge or freezer until it hardens, then feed it to your dog! This will not only help his stomach but calm him down because he will be able to eat something.

I would also recommend trying fresh ginger root, baked chicken, yogurt/cottage cheese, or rice. You can also mix canned pumpkins into their food.

Pumpkin puree has fiber which will help reduce constipation that commonly occurs when animals are in pain and can’t seem to eat much. It also contains Vitamin A, which is good for their skin and coat!

Suppose your dog has been vomiting or just not wanting to eat at all. Try feeding him a handful of plain cooked white rice, baked chicken, or boiled hamburger meat at each meal for a few days. This will help keep his blood sugar up, and if he needs extra energy, make sure you give it to him! 

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Should you sue a vet if this happens? 

No, in reality, a dog owner should not be suing a veterinarian if they think Cerenia has been the cause of their pet’s death.

There are several factors that could have contributed to it, and there is no way to prove that one thing caused another unless an autopsy was performed1.

This would also hold true for any medication given by your Vet.

It’s always best to contact reputable sources like WebMD or before administering any medication (including over-the-counter types!)

If you are unsure about an ingredient in a product, go to another source!

Don’t just take your Vet’s word for it because they may not be completely informed about certain products that are on the market today 15.

Is cerenia bad for dogs?

NO, it is not proven to be harmful in any way to your pet. Many dogs may need a larger dose than what the package insert states (1mg/kg), or they will vomit for longer than the 24 hours it should take to resolve.

Some Veterinarians recommend giving 1 mg/lb of body weight. It is important to contact your veterinarian if your dog’s vomiting and nausea persist beyond 48 hours or worsens5.

Properly administered Cerenia can benefit most dogs and prevent them from getting nauseous while feeling under the weather7!

Please make sure you read about this helpful medication on reputable sites like WebMD before using any medication at home! You want all the information so that you know what to expect.

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What happens if a dog takes too much? 

In cases of an overdose, Cerenia can cause hypotension, bradycardia, and a general state of shock in some dogs.

This is most commonly seen in cats after receiving even a one-time dose that is five times the recommended amount!

So please be very careful with this medication and always have it on hand before your pup needs it!

It also doesn’t hurt to know what you’re going to do if your pet accidentally gets into something she shouldn’t, such as poisonous house plants like Lillies1.

How long does cerenia stay in a dog’s system?

This medication does not stay in your dog’s system long once it has been administered. It will be completely out of their system within 48 hours!

The only exception may be if they were given a higher dosage than recommended and their vomiting did not resolve.

Most dogs that vomit after receiving this medication will find relief within the 2-4 hour time frame and won’t need any additional doses after administering the initial one4,10.

If you are worried, don’t hesitate to call your veterinarian to get advice on whether or not another dose is necessary!

How can I store cerenia?

Cerenia comes with a small pack of desiccant (a substance used for absorbing moisture) for each individual box in order to keep the medication in a dry and stable condition.

The desiccant can be taken out of the packaging and placed in the jar when you get home with your Cerenia!

Otherwise, it’s best to keep this medication in an environment that is between 59°F and 86°F (15°C and 30°C) such as inside your medicine cabinet.

How do I use cerenia?

Please see below for a step by step guide on how to correctly give your dog Cerenia: 

1) Find correct dosage based on weight: Product Packaging or Bottle Label. If unsure, call Vet immediately.

2) Get a small bowl, put desired dose bowl

3) Measure out the dose for your dog. Make sure you’re holding the Cerenia in one hand and the bowl with food in it in another.

4) Hold your pet’s head up so they are looking at the ceiling, using one hand to hold their head.

5) With a syringe or turkey baster, place a small amount of food on top of cerenia so that they will lick it off and ingest it along with the medication! You can also try mixing cerenia into a little bit of hot dog or wet cat food well.

6) Give them a treat right away after giving this medication to keep them from spitting out the Cerenia.

7) Wait 15 minutes before feeding your pooch any of their usual food.

8) Call your Veterinarian if a dog continues to vomit, has a decreased appetite, or has any other side effects after being given Cerenia1.

Otherwise, it’s best not to feed them for at least 1 hour after giving the medication and keep an eye on them, so they don’t try to lick or remove it from their mouth with their paws.

Should Cerenia be given on an empty stomach?

Dogs should be given Cerenia on an empty stomach in order for this medication to work most effectively! This means no food 2 hours before or 1 hour after the dose is given.

You may want to give them a treat or kibble right after giving it, so they don’t try to eat around the Cerenia in their bowl.

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cerenia killed my dog
cerenia killed my dog

What can I do if my dog swallows too much of cerenia?

As long as your dog vomits up some of the medication within 15 minutes, there’s nothing to worry about!

If you see that he still has half of his usual amount of Cerenia left in his bowl, you can follow step 6 again and offer him more food mixed with medication.

If he starts vomiting but still has more than half of his usual amount of Cerenia left in the bowl, you should call your veterinarian immediately.

Sometimes it’s just best to let them vomit naturally when they encounter a medication that doesn’t agree with their stomach, or they have a sensitive stomach!

Is cerenia FDA approved?

Yes, the drug is approved by the FDA for use in dogs!

Does Cerenia cause loss of appetite?

Most dogs will have a decrease in their appetite after taking Cerenia. However, this medication is used to help with nausea and vomiting, so if your dog vomits up some of the medication, then they should return to eating as usual!

Can I give cerenia to my cat?

Cerenia can be given safely to cats, but it’s important to speak with your Veterinarian first since different medications work better for cats than other animals such as dogs.

Inform them about what dosage has been recommended for your cat, and always follow the instructions on the label1!

How long does cerenia take to work?

The average time that it takes for Cerenia to show its benefits is within 30 minutes after being given to your pet!

If it works for your dog, you will see them stop vomiting within that time frame. However, sometimes it can take 60 – 90 minutes to fully work.

Can I give cerenia with other medications?

It’s important to let your veterinarian know about any medications or supplements that are being given alongside Cerenia so they can decide if there are any possible negative interactions.

This medication is often used in conjunction with anti-nausea drugs, so always be sure to inform your Veterinarian of everything being given and read the label carefully.

Is cerenia safe during pregnancy and while nursing?

The effects of this medication on pregnant dogs have not been studied enough yet, but dogs who were given this medication in the clinical trials did not show any negative side effects for their unborn puppies.

It’s always best to speak with your veterinarian before administering any medications during pregnancy so they can be aware of any precautions that should be taken.

Since there haven’t been enough studies done on cerenia and pregnant dogs, it’s possible that it could cause side effects such as fever or delayed labor.

Cerenia is safe for dogs who are nursing since the drug only goes through the bloodstream, and most dogs don’t pass anything to their puppies through milk.

I gave my dog too much cerenia. Help?

If your dog accidentally swallowed too much Cerenia, you should monitor him carefully to make sure he doesn’t get any negative side effects.

If they vomit up some of the medication within 15 minutes, then there’s no need to worry! You can follow step 6 again and feed them more food mixed with the same amount of medication.

! Side effects usually go away on their own but don’t hesitate to call your veterinarian if your animal is acting strange or starts vomiting more than usual.

Remember that most dogs vomit naturally when they encounter a medication that doesn’t agree with their stomach or have sensitive stomachs!

what is cerenia used for in dogs?

Cerenia is most commonly used to treat vomiting and nausea, but it can also be used to calm anxiety if your pet is nervous about traveling or visiting the Veterinarian.

Can humans take cerenia?

No human medications are equivalent to Cerenia.

how much does it cost?

Cerenia can be bought for $15 – 45 without any insurance depending on the size of your dog.

Can I use cerenia to help my dog gain weight?

Cerenia is not recommended if you want to help your dog gain weight since it can cause them to lose their appetite!

If your pet is losing too much weight, then speak with your veterinarian before giving them this medication

where can I purchase cerenia?

Cerenia is usually only available with a prescription, but there are some places where you can purchase it over-the-counter. Also You can Buy From This Link

You should always speak with your Veterinarian first before purchasing medication online or at another place other than their office.

Is Cerenia an appetite stimulant?

Cerenia is not an appetite stimulant, but it can help calm your pets’ nerves, so they are less likely to vomit or have diarrhea if they are stressed.

Is cerenia safe for cats?

Yes! Cerenia has been used in cats since 2002 and has shown great benefits without any negative side effects.

Will cerenia make my pet sleepy?

No medications will make your dog sleepy unless they tell you otherwise! If your pet falls asleep within the first hour after being given Cerenia, then they are most likely tired from vomiting or feeling nauseous all day and not because of the medication.

Cerenia constipation

Cerenia should not cause your pet to get constipated unless they are already experiencing other medical problems that are restricting them from having a bowel movement.

If you believe that your pet is constipated, take them to the Veterinarian immediately.

Can I give my dog cerenia every day?

No, Cerenia is a once-a-day oral medication.

If you miss a dose and remember the next day, give your pet one less pill that was due until you can get back on schedule. If more than 24 hours have passed, please consult with your veterinarian for advice.

Is cerenia and anti-inflammatory?

In veterinary medicine, anti-inflammatory medications are used to decrease pain and inflammation.

Anti-inflammatory drugs differ from pain relievers as they do not have a direct effect on the nerves as analgesics (pain relievers) do.

This is because, unlike humans, who rely on endorphins, dogs produce catecholamines for their inflammatory reflex, which causes them to shiver when they go into shock.

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Why shouldn’t I take my pet’s Cerenia?

Some pets should refrain from taking any medication within five days before or after surgery.

This would include dental cleanings, declawing procedures, general anesthesia, chemotherapy, or anything that might require anesthetics.

In these cases, ask your Veterinarian what options there may be for anti-nausea treatment.

Is Cerenia a monoclonal antibody?

No, Cerenia is not a monoclonal antibody. It is an antiemetic agent that modulates the neurokinin one receptor in the brain’s vomiting center to inhibit emesis or vomiting.

Monoclonal antibodies are commonly used as targeted cancer therapeutics and work by binding cells of the immune system called T-cells, which recognize abnormal growths as invaders and respond to destroy them.

Monoclonal antibodies have been very successful. However, many cancers become resistant to monoclonal antibody therapy over time.

In contrast, maropitant has no antigenic activity because it does not bind with any receptors in the body, meaning it cannot provoke an immune response.

How long will it take for my pet to feel better?

You may immediately get relief from vomiting after giving your pet a dose of Cerenia, but full effectiveness may not be apparent until approximately one hour later.

The dosage can be repeated in 12 hours if your pet still has nausea or vomiting associated with signs of toxicity such as lethargy and incoordination.

In most cases of acute vomiting, treatment with two doses of Cerenia separated by about twelve hours is recommended. Treatment beyond a total of four days is not recommended due to the lack of efficacy for this condition.

If your pet vomits once after receiving Cerenia, additional treatment with Cerenia is unlikely to help.

It is important to note that vomiting can sometimes be a symptom of serious underlying conditions, so if your pet continues to vomit or shows any other signs such as lethargy and incoordination, you should contact your veterinarian immediately.

Is Cerenia safe for all dogs?

Cerenia has been well-tolerated in healthy dogs across a wide range of breeds. However, it should not be given to animals who are hypersensitive (allergic) to maropitant citrate or any of the inactive ingredients in the formulation.

In clinical studies, no drug interactions have been observed between maropitant citrate and commonly administered drugs such as those used during surgery or for treating pain, but this does not ensure there will be no drug interactions with Cerenia and other medications your pet is receiving, so consult with your veterinarian if you suspect there may be an interaction.

Does Cerenia treat pancreatitis?

In clinical studies, Cerenia has been shown to be effective for the prevention of vomiting caused by a broad range of stimuli such as motion sickness or dietary indiscretion.

In a study using dogs with naturally occurring pancreatitis, maropitant citrate at a dose of 1 mg/kg was able to reduce emesis compared to placebo during an episode of pancreatitis.

Cerenia may also help prevent vomiting from other conditions that cause increased gastrointestinal motility.

The recommended dosage is 2 mg/kg orally up to once daily as needed for nausea and vomiting associated with surgery or toxicity from other causes.

Does Cerenia stop nausea?

Cerenia works by modulating the neurokinin one receptor in the brain’s vomiting center to prevent nausea.

However, it has been shown to be ineffective for motion sickness. In a clinical study involving client-owned dogs with signs of motion sickness such as excessive drooling and/or vomiting, there was no difference between maropitant citrate and placebo-treated animals.

A clinical study was undertaken using client-owned cats that were anesthetized with propofol or isoflurane anesthesia during tooth extractions.

Cerenia was given prior to induction of anesthesia as well as 0.5 hours after surgery, at 4 hours postoperatively, and finally at 8 hours postoperatively.

The reported that Cerenia effectively reduced nausea in cats during the early hours postoperatively.

However, it was not effective for reducing vomiting associated with anesthesia in this species.

This is likely due to the specific mechanism of action in the central nervous system; Cerenia has been shown to be effective at reducing emesis from a broad range of causes that do not involve motion sickness.

Will Cerenia cause drowsiness?

In clinical studies, no sedation or impairments were seen on behavior and memory tests performed by veterinary professionals.

However, your pet may appear sleepy after taking Cerenia, as some dogs have been known to sleep for several hours after receiving the drug.

Can I give my dog more than one dose if he still feels sick?

In most cases, two doses are not necessary.

However, if your pet vomits shortly after the first dose, it would not be harmful to administer a second dose.

Additional doses are unlikely to help as vomiting can sometimes be a symptom of serious underlying conditions, so if your pet continues to vomit or shows any other signs such as lethargy and incoordination, you should contact your veterinarian immediately.

Can I give my cat more than one dose?

It is important to note that vomiting can sometimes be a symptom of serious underlying conditions, so if your pet continues to vomit or shows any other signs such as lethargy and incoordination, you should contact your veterinarian immediately.

How can I ease my dogs pain at home?

It is not recommended that you administer any over-the-counter pain medication to your dog without consulting your veterinarian first.

Veterinarians use a variety of methods for diagnosing vomiting and nausea, including taking your pet’s pulse, monitoring their oxygen levels with a pulse oximeter, conducting blood tests, abdominal palpations (feeling or touching the abdomen), X-rays, or other imaging techniques to determine if there are other underlying conditions causing the vomiting.

Proper dosing of medication can be important as well.

The dosage for Cerenia is based on the weight of the patient, which means it should be given at one time each day rather than split into multiple servings throughout each day.

According to veterinary research, maropitant citrate is an effective pain reliever for use in canine and feline patients.

The recommended dosage is 2 mg/kg orally up to once daily as needed for pain from various causes, such as surgery or trauma.

Cerenia (maropitant citrate) is a prescription medication used in dogs and cats to reduce the risk of vomiting and nausea caused by many different conditions.

A new injectable form of maropitant citrate was also approved under the name Cerenia Injection (USAN).

Maropitant is administered orally; it has not been studied following subcutaneous administration, but based on its low oral bioavailability (<10%), it would be expected that absorption would be poor after subcutaneous injection.

Maropitant can be administered with or without food.

Dosage is adjusted based on the severity of vomiting and any underlying conditions that might be causing it, as well as the patient’s body weight.

In dogs, maropitant can reduce vomiting caused by a variety of factors, including motion sickness, chemotherapy, gastrointestinal upset from surgery or anesthesia, radiation therapy for cancer treatment, severe diarrhea (such as inflammatory bowel disease), liver problems associated with Cushing’s syndrome, kidney disease due to ingestion of toxins such as rodenticide or antifreeze.

The drug should not be used in animals who are hypersensitive to its ingredients. There are no known contraindications for use in cats; however, veterinary research has shown that it has very low oral bioavailability in this species and therefore should not be used.

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What are signs your dog is in pain?

Pain is one of the most common reasons dogs are presented to veterinarians. Dogs often show pain through behavior changes, so it can be easy for pet owners to miss signs that their dog might be in pain. Some common behavioral signs your pet may be in pain include:

  • • Loss of appetite
  • • Lethargy or tiredness
  • • Whining or increased vocalizations (this could also indicate gastrointestinal problems)
  • • Hiding away from family members and other pets
  • • Disinterest or change in interaction with family members or other pets
  • • Growling when approached by family members or treated by the Veterinarian
  • • Moving slowly and gingerly

These behaviors may indicate pain, but they could also signify other conditions, so you should always contact your Veterinarian to fully assess your pet.

Why does Cerenia cost more than other forms of maropitant?

Cerenia is formulated in microspheres that are coated with a polymer to delay its absorption in the gastrointestinal tract, meaning there is no need to give Cerenia food.

This makes it much better absorbed in dogs compared to injectable maropitant citrate suspensions, which require administration with food to prevent irritation of the gastric mucosa (lining of the stomach).

And because Cerenia has an injectable alternative, it can be priced higher than other once-daily formulations on the market. If your Vet recommends Cerenia for your pet, you do not need to be concerned with the cost.

Why does my cat need a drug that prevents nausea and vomiting?

Cerenia is most commonly used in cats as an aid to treat signs of gastrointestinal toxicity from oral ingestion of certain poisons, but it can also be effective for treating other conditions such as Feline Interstitial Cystitis where pain has been shown to result in vomiting.

Cats who have ingested poison may experience gastrointestinal irritation leading to vomiting and diarrhea within 12 hours after ingestion.

Cerenia, given at the first sign of illness, can help prevent further damage from occurring by relieving nausea and vomiting so your pet can better manage toxins.

In some cases, cats have received Cerenia every 8 hours for up to 14 days after exposure to a poison.

What happens if my pet does vomit after taking Cerenia?

Cerenia should be given with food, which will help prevent vomiting. If your dog vomits once after receiving Cerenia, treatment has failed, and further use is unlikely to help.

It is important to note that vomiting can sometimes be a symptom of serious underlying conditions, so if your pet continues to vomit or shows any other signs such as lethargy and incoordination, you should contact your veterinarian immediately.

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