Last updated on September 10th, 2023 at 10:36 pm
I always strived to provide the best care for my four-legged companion. From regular check-ups to ensuring a balanced diet, everything was manageable when it came to keeping my dog healthy and content. Little did I know that a simple prescription would lead to the agony of losing my faithful friend.
Cerenia, commonly prescribed to relieve nausea and vomiting in dogs, initially seemed like a lifesaver. My dog showed signs of discomfort and a loss of appetite, so my veterinarian recommended this medication to alleviate his symptoms. Relying on the medical professional’s expertise, I blindly trusted their recommendation.
However, as days went by and my dog’s condition worsened, I started suspecting that something was amiss. His lethargy increased, he refused to eat anything, and it seemed like a shadow had fallen over his once radiant spirit. Desperately seeking answers, I reached out to other dog owners, only to discover that I was not alone in my tragic experience. Cerenia was taking more lives than it was saving.
In my search for justice, I delved into extensive research and heartbreaking stories of others who had faced similar devastation. It became crystal clear that Cerenia was not the cure-all it was proclaimed to be. Instead, it carried with it potential risks that could prove fatal for our cherished companions. The more I learned about the dangers lurking beneath the surface, the angrier I became. Anger was swiftly replaced by an overwhelming sense of grief and an unwavering determination to bring awareness to this silent tragedy.
Through this article, I hope to shed light on the consequences of Cerenia and create a platform for sharing stories, supporting one another, and advocating for change. This journey is not just about my dog; it’s about the countless dogs who have needlessly lost their lives due to the negligence of pharmaceutical companies and the lack of awareness surrounding this issue.
Can Cerenia be fatal to dogs?
Cerenia is a drug used to treat vomiting and diarrhea in dogs. It’s also used as an appetite stimulant and to reduce stress.
Cerenia can be fatal if the dog overdoses on it. The symptoms of an overdose are vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, depression, and lethargy. If your dog shows any of these symptoms after taking Cerenia, take him to the vet immediately.
cerenia for Dogs Side effects
- Gastrointestinal Upset: One of the most commonly reported side effects of Cerenia in dogs is gastrointestinal upset. This can manifest as mild symptoms such as diarrhea, soft stools, or decreased appetite. More severe gastrointestinal reactions like vomiting or abdominal pain may occur in some cases. If you notice any changes in your dog’s bowel movements or eating habits while they are on Cerenia, it is advisable to consult your veterinarian.
- Drowsiness or Lethargy: Another possible side effect of Cerenia is drowsiness or lethargy. Some dogs may appear more tired or sleepy than usual after receiving the medication. This is typically a temporary effect and should subside as the body metabolizes the drug. However, if the drowsiness persists or if your dog seems excessively lethargic, it is essential to inform your veterinarian.
- Excessive Drooling: A less common but reported side effect of Cerenia in dogs is excessive drooling or hypersalivation. While it may not be a cause for concern in most cases, if the drooling is accompanied by other concerning symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, or difficulty breathing, immediate veterinary attention should be sought.
- Allergic Reactions: Although rare, allergic reactions to Cerenia can occur in some dogs. Signs of an allergic reaction may include facial swelling, hives, itching, or difficulty breathing. If you notice any of these symptoms, it is crucial to discontinue the medication and contact your veterinarian immediately, as severe allergic reactions can be life-threatening.
- Injection Site Reactions: Cerenia is available in both oral tablets and injectable forms. If your dog receives an injection of Cerenia, localized injection site reactions such as swelling, redness, or discomfort are possible. These reactions are generally mild and self-limiting, but veterinary advice should be sought if they worsen or persist.
When Should Cerenia Not Be Given To A Dog?
It is important to remember that the medication is not suitable for all dogs; it should only be given to dogs over 16 weeks old and weighing at least 4 pounds.
The medication should also not be given to any dog who has experienced an allergic reaction in the past because of a sulfonamide-type antibiotic. It is also important to note that there have been some cases where Cerenia has caused seizures in dogs; therefore, you should contact your veterinarian if your dog experiences any seizure activity after taking this medication.
If your dog has liver or kidney disease or if they suffer from congestive heart failure or gastrointestinal bleeding, then they will not be able to take Cerenia safely.
Alternatives to Cerenia for Dogs
- Metoclopramide: Metoclopramide, also known as Reglan, is a medication that can help control vomiting and stimulate gastrointestinal motility in dogs. It works by increasing the contractions of the stomach and small intestine. Your veterinarian may recommend this alternative as it has shown efficacy in managing nausea and vomiting.
- Ondansetron: Ondansetron, commonly known as Zofran, is another medication that can be used to treat vomiting and nausea in dogs. It works by blocking the action of serotonin, a chemical that can trigger vomiting. Ondansetron is often used in human medicine and has been found to be effective in some canine cases as well.
- Ginger: Natural remedies such as ginger can also be considered as an alternative to Cerenia. Ginger has anti-nausea properties and can help soothe the stomach. It can be given to dogs in various forms, including fresh ginger root, ginger supplements, or ginger-infused treats. However, it’s essential to consult your veterinarian regarding the appropriate dosage for your dog.
- Dietary Modifications: In some cases, dietary changes can help alleviate gastrointestinal issues in dogs. Your veterinarian may recommend a bland diet consisting of easily digestible foods such as boiled chicken and rice. This can provide temporary relief from vomiting and nausea. Additionally, your veterinarian may suggest a hypoallergenic or prescription diet if food allergies or sensitivities are suspected as the underlying cause.
What to Do If Cerenia Killed Your Dog
If you suspect that Cerenia killed your dog, there are a few steps you should take right away. First, contact your veterinarian and ask for a necropsy (a post-mortem examination) to be performed on your pet. Your vet should be able to tell if the drug was the cause of death by examining its liver and kidneys. The vet will also examine organs such as the heart, lungs, brain, and digestive tract for signs of damage or dysfunction.
If the necropsy confirms that Cerenia killed your dog, you’ll need to contact ASPCA Animal Poison Control at (888) 426-4435. You’ll need to provide them with information about your pet (age/breed/sex), which dose they were receiving and when they died.
I hope that you found this article to be helpful, as it was my intention for it to be as unbiased as possible. I did not present Cerenia in a positive light because I would rather tell the hard truth about these products than put up a façade and write praise for something that has been revealed to be false.