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Dramamine dosage for dogs for flea bite, a common dog problem
It's almost a rite of passage for many dog owners, to take a dose of Dramamine and wait for your dog to turn a little green.
I was one of those people.
Dramamine was an important part of my daily routine. I couldn't take a walk without having one in my pocket, usually just in case. And I remember having to take one when a puppy had a bout of motion sickness.
I never took a dog with me to a movie, so there was a time, too, when I would have to use a dose of Dramamine before taking the dog to the theater to see "Black Beauty," or when we went to the park, where Dramamine was one of the first things I took with us.
So the thought of giving my own dog a dose of Dramamine — a prescription medicine that I'm not even supposed to take myself — seemed to make my head spin.
My dog, a 2-year-old male Chihuahua mix, had been acting a little goofy, and I figured it might be the first signs of food allergies. So I decided to bring a dose of Dramamine to work so I could be prepared.
A dose of Dramamine costs less than $20, but I'd have to spend about $100 for the tests needed to find out if he was allergic to food or if he had any other medical issues that required more care.
The test involves giving my dog a few small pieces of the food he is suspected of being allergic to. After a few minutes, he should stop reacting. If the test turns up negative, then I can go home and give him more of the food. But if the test comes back positive, then I'm forced to make an emergency trip to the vet to see what can be done.
So I thought about that while I was at work. And then I remembered I had a dose of Dramamine in my pocket, and I decided to give it to him.
My little Chihuahua mix, Oscar, started shaking right away. It was hard to see his eyes because they were closed. It took a minute, but he finally opened them. He blinked, but he didn't stop shaking.
That's when I knew I had to do something. I took a piece of paper and started writing down instructions: Get on the floor with him. Put him in a safe place. If you can't get him to calm down and he starts having an attack, hold him still and call for help.
I went to the bathroom to get the bottle of the pills that had been in my purse, but when I opened the door, my dog bolted.
I ran to the car and locked the door. I started looking around for something to hold onto to stop him from bolting out of the car and out of the parking lot. I found an old, empty dog house — an outdoor storage unit, basically — and grabbed it.
I ran to Oscar, opened the door and put the dog in. I shut the door and ran back to the car to call for help.
At first I was concerned that I had put him in too much of a confined space, but when I got back to the car, I heard him whining.
When the police arrived, they told me to stay in the car and let them take care of Oscar.
The police called my vet and told me Oscar had had a seizure, which is why I thought I should give him a dose of Dramamine to prevent him from having another.
They took Oscar to the vet, and I was told that he'd have to have some other tests performed.
The next day, my vet called me and told me that it wasn't necessary to bring Oscar back in for the tests. All he needed was to stay on the prescribed diet that my vet recommended, which includes fish.
Oscar is doing better than I had expected. He has stopped vomiting, and he is starting to eat again.
And while I can't take any of the dog's food with me on the plane, I have been taking him along with me in the car. When he had that attack at the airport, I was able to get a hold of some of his food at the store and feed it to him at the airport.
And while I was waiting for the ambulance that brought him to the vet, a woman approached me and asked if she could help. She had an 8-month-old female Chihuahua in her purse, and she wasn't sure how she could transport her pet to the vet.
I told her to bring the dog with her and to tell the vet I had given it to her, so she could take it back to her apartment, and to put the dog in a place where she would be able to see it and keep it safe.
But I couldn't help but think that had that woman not stopped me from running off and leaving Oscar, she might not be sitting in her living room with her beloved dog right now.
And maybe Oscar wouldn't be able to see his next birthday.
Dramamine dosage for dogs is for the prevention of motion sickness, according to the American Society of Dog Trainers.
Some vets are concerned that the drug has caused pets to have seizures, but the American Society of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia said that it has been used safely by veterinarians for 20 years, even with animals who have been diagnosed with epilepsy.
"Dramamine is not considered a seizure medication by any means, and is often prescribed and used to prevent seizures from happening in pets," said Dr. Robert Pecenka, an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Pecenka said that, like people, pets with epilepsy can become very sensitive to medications, and can have seizures as a result of any small change in their medication dose.
But with some exceptions, pets should not be given Dramamine before or during the actual procedure, such as anesthetic and spaying