Cerenia Overdose in Dogs

So you gave your dog too much Cerenia and don’t know what to do? As with all medications, there should be warnings and precautions for use. It is safe to give Cerenia as directed but it should not be used for more than 2 consecutive days.

I gave my dog too much Cerenia

An overdose can lead to mild side effects in dogs and cats, including diarrhea, decreased activity levels, and lethargy. The animal may also have bloody stool.

Treatment of an overdose consists of general supportive measures including monitoring of vital signs and close observation.

How much Cerenia can a dog have?

The recommended dosage for this drug is 8 mg/kg (3.6 mg/lb) body weight every 24 hours for no more than 2 days.

It is important to be familiar with the most common side effects of Cerenia so that you can watch for them if your pet experiences any problems after receiving this medication. If you notice any of these changes in your dog or cat, contact your veterinarian immediately.

What are the side effects of Cerenia in dogs?

Cerenia is a drug that is commonly given to dogs and cats, as it can help control vomiting. Unfortunately, like most drugs, Cerenia does carry with it a number of side effects that can be quite serious for your pet if not properly monitored.

Below are some of the common side effects observed in dogs and cats that have been administered Cerenia:

  • Pain
  • Depression/Lethargy
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Allergic reaction
  • Abnormal, uncoordinated movements
  • Seizures
  • Hypersalivation
  • Vomiting

If you see any of the above symptoms develop in your pet after he or she has been given Cerenia and they do not go away within 2 days or so, contact your veterinarian immediately. The sooner you act upon these symptoms, the better chance there is for recovery.

Can cerenia cause liver damage?

Dogs that are currently being treated for heart disease or have liver problems should not be given this medication without first consulting with your veterinarian.

Can I give my dog Cerenia on an empty stomach?

Cerenia can be given on an empty stomach. However, it has been noted that it may sometimes cause some dogs to vomit if they do not have food before taking the medication.

It is important to give Cerenia exactly as your veterinarian has instructed you. If you are unsure about using the medication properly, talk to your veterinarian before giving it to your pet.

Does Cerenia interact with other medications?

Cerenia should not be given concurrently with medications that are highly protein bound.

Use with caution in dogs who have high blood pressure, heart failure, liver disease, kidney disease, diabetes mellitus, or a history of seizures. It may also interact with other medications and certain vitamins so it is important to let your veterinarian know if your dog is on any other medications or supplements prior to starting Cerenia.

How long do side effects of Cerenia last?

Cerenia is classified as a short-acting medication, meaning that it should stop working within 24 hours. However, the effects can be longer in dogs with liver or kidney disease.


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Hannah Elizabeth is an English animal behavior author, having written for several online publications. With a degree in Animal Behaviour and over a decade of practical animal husbandry experience, Hannah's articles cover everything from pet care to wildlife conservation. When she isn't creating content for blog posts, Hannah enjoys long walks with her Rottweiler cross Senna, reading fantasy novels and breeding aquarium shrimp.

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