Eight Alternatives To Cerenia

Eight Alternatives To Cerenia

Last Updated: August 18, 2023

In this article you will know the answer to the query “Eight Alternatives To Cerenia“.

Theres no doubt that we love our dogs. For some of us they are trusted companions; for others they are our surrogate children. 

Love for them is accompanied by a desire to keep them as happy and healthy as possible and that may include giving them medicine when necessary. 

Eight Alternatives To Cerenia

However just as in humans medicine can have side effects some worse than others. 

What is Cerenia?

Often motion sickness is induced by driving which is why Cerenia is an FDA-approved medication that helps dogs with motion sickness. 

Your veterinarian typically prescribes Cerenia to treat symptoms of nausea and vomiting. 

Cerenia is available in two forms: tablets and injections.

If you were to search on Google for Cerenia you would find a lot of advertisements related to Cerenia. 

You may be surprised to find a number of horror stories about Cerenia if you research Cerenia reviews a little further. 

Cerenia has been linked to dog death and if you need more information about that you can click here. 

This article does not claim that Cerenia is a bad product but rather offers alternatives that as a parent of a four-legged ball of love you might appreciate. 

Eight Alternatives to Cerenia 


One of the biggest things people dislike about Cerenia is that it is a synthetic drug. 

CBD oil can be used as an alternative organically. 

When dogs feel motion sickness their stomachs become inflamed causing nausea and vomiting. 

Despite its inability to treat motion sickness directly CBD oil does reduce inflammation. 

By reducing the inflammation our pups will feel less nauseated and will have fewer chances of spilling their lunch. 

CBD oil can have its own side effects such as dry mouth lethargy dizziness itchiness and low blood pressure. 


Firstly let me point out that Benadryl is a synthetic medicine designed for human consumption.  

You should always consult your veterinarian before giving your dog any medicine designed for humans even if it is dog-safe. 

Despite this Benadryl especially childrens Benadryl can help with many of the symptoms that our dogs might experience when driving in the car. 

As well as reducing stomach acid and inflammation Benadryl can reduce feelings of nausea. Many people have found that Benadryl is a good compromise between organic CBD oil and the stronger more harsh Cerenia. 

Benadryl like Cerenia and CBD oil can cause drowsiness dry mouth hypersalivation rapid breathing and urinary retention. 

Practice Drives

There are many times when dogs may not be experiencing motion sickness at all but rather stress. Car movement can cause them stress which can increase acid production in the stomach and inflammation causing them to feel nauseous and ill. Shorter drives around town can help your dog become more comfortable with the motion of the car and reduce the amount of stress they feel. Keeping their bellies from being upset can be achieved by making them feel comfortable and relaxed during those trips.


With ginger root you can also combat inflammation that arises from motion sickness. Ginger root contains antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory properties as well as helping with bloating increasing blood circulation and improving your dogs heart health. In addition to helping with nausea ginger will also cut down on the number of farts your dog rips in the car especially if it is like mine. In spite of this you have to be very careful when giving ginger to your dog as it is very potent just like ginger for humans. To mince the yellow part of the ginger root you will need to peel or cut the entire skin off of it before mincing it. After that you would mix the ginger root into your dogs food three times a day. You should make sure that you do not give your dog too much ginger. Take a look at the chart below for a good idea of how much to give. If you’re unsure how much to feed your dog each day talk to your veterinarian first.

10lbs or Less¼ tsp of ginger 3 times a day
10-35lbs½ tsp of ginger 3 times a day
35+ lbs¾ tsp of ginger a day 

Reduce Food Intake 

It might be a good idea to plan your dogs meals ahead when you know you will be taking a long drive. It is not unusual for our dogs to feel the need to empty their stomachs because they are full when their bellies are full and they feel stressed or inflamed. Leaving more room in their tummies for when they experience these symptoms is possible if we plan ahead and feed them a few smaller meals. Even though we’re going on a trip its important to make sure our pups do not go hungry. One method that has been tried is to reduce the amount of food in each meal while planning for more meals. Pulling over for a short meal and a bathroom break may be necessary during the journey 

Calming Scents

Similar to humans certain scents can trigger feelings of calm in our dogs. It is known that lavender is a great scent that brings feelings of calmness. There is also the option of trying to identify something in the house that emits a smell. In my opinion one of the ways to make my house smell like home is to use plug-ins. When I am going on a trip I will put the same plug-in in my car to make it smell like home. It can help to reassure your dog that they are in a safe place like their home and reduce their stress during the journey.

Comfort Blanket

It can be comforting to have a blanket that was given to you as a child or a stuffed animal that was given to you when you were young. Dogs are usually the same way with a favorite toy or blanket or whatever they prefer to play with. In addition to packing a comforting item in the car they will be able to remain calm during the drive if they have that item with them. Curling up with their blankie or chewing on their favorite toy to distract themselves from the world that flashes by outside the window.

Movement Restriction

When dogs get sick on a trip it is usually due to the movement of the car which may throw off their balance. Humans may feel like they are falling over which causes them to move around more sometimes to find balance sometimes in panic. A safety belt or kennel can help to restrict their movements reducing their feelings of motion sickness by providing them with a base. Humans are unlikely to feel motion sickness while sitting down in a car but if we were standing up it might be a completely different experience. As for dogs if we use a seat belt system that encourages them to sit on their butts instead of walking around on four legs that stronger base is going to help reduce the feeling of movement they are experiencing. The same goes for kennels. We do not want kennels that are too small but a small kennel can encourage dogs to sit or lay down thereby reducing their level of movement.

Is there an alternative to Cerenia?

Because every dog is different not every method presented here will work for them. Finding the right solution for you and your dog requires exploring your options. Also if you decide to use any substitute such as CBD oil or Benadryl it is always advisable to consult your veterinarian first. In addition to knowing your dogs medical history your veterinarian should be able to tell you if any medications may interact with any other medications they may be taking.

Lets not forget to make our dogs happy and healthy at the end of the day. Our top priority is to ensure their health and happiness whether that requires sticking their nose out the window while driving down the road or resting with their favorite blanket. 

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