The world of medicine has opened up so much over the years, allowing not only us, but our pets as well, great relief to many different conditions and ailments. It is good to know that when our dogs are sick there is something we can give them to help relieve the symptoms.
If your dog hasn’t been acting himself, sleeping more often, vomiting or has had lack of appetite you should get your dog to the vet immediately. They will be able to help your dog get back to feeling right again – and often time all it takes is a little medicine.
Your dog may be prescribed more than one medication – sometimes there are medications that treat the condition but does not provide immediate relief to the symptoms. This is when a second medication – such as Metoclopramide can help out by providing temporary relief.
What is Metoclopramide and what is it for?
Metoclopramide is a medication that vets often prescribe to help dogs with nausea, hairballs and acid reflux. This conditions can be very uncomfortable for your dog and can lead to more serious problems.
When using this medication for nausea you should still attempt to treat the underlying cause of the symptom. This medication will only provide temporary relief by acting directly on the brain to prevent the uneasy feeling.
It can also be given to help improve digestive track issues such as not passing hairballs or some foods by normalizing the stomach contractions and acids.
This will help things move in the right direction and will prevent acids and worse, being forced back into the stomach and up the esophagus.
Depending on what your dog is prescribed metoclopramide for, he may need additional treatments to remedy an underlying cause.
How Much Should I Give My Dog?
You should always look to your vet for instructions on how much of a medication to give to your pet. It can vary though the recommended dosage is 0.1-0.2mg per pound of body weight given every 6-8 hours.
This medication is only short-lasting, meaning it can and should be given multiple times throughout the day. If you miss a dose you should give it to your dog as soon as possible – unless it is almost time for the next dose, in which case skip the missed dose entirely.
Your vet will not only prescribe you the proper amount per dose but also how often you should provide your dog with a dose of the medication. Some may need it more often than others depending on the condition.
How Can I Get My Dog to Take a Pill?
It’s that dreaded time again – time to get your dog to take his medicine. No one likes having to deal with this, not us or our dogs. The unfortunate truth is though, that they need the medicine and we are the only ones who will make sure they take it.
With most pills, you can use tricks like hiding it in a slice of rolled up cheese or lunch meat – or maybe you don’t feed your dog table food and you go with pill-pocket dog treats? Either way, this is probably the easiest way to get your dog to eat a pill.
However, with some medications that are best given without food or prior to a meal, it can be a little more difficult. Your best bet is to try and get your dog to open his mouth and drop the pill as far back as you can.
Then you need to massage your dog’s throat gently to promote the swallowing of the pill. Make sure that your dog did indeed swallow the pill and doesn’t just go spit it out five minutes later. (My dog is a con artist I swear…)
Should You Ask Your Vet About Metoclopramide?
If your dog has been nauseous lately or has been exhibiting signs such as vomiting or lack of appetite you should consult with your vet. You may want to bring up metoclopramide if your vet does not suggest it.
You should let your vet know all other medications, vitamins, and supplements that your dog is currently taking as some may reduce the effectiveness of metoclopramide – or vice versa. Some medications should not be given in combination with this medication.
This should also not be given to dogs who suffer from seizures or are allergic to it. You should also avoid use in pregnant or nursing mothers, or pets with kidney disease or high blood pressure.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Side effects are extremely rare when using this medication. The most severe side effect is an allergic reaction. Signs of an allergic reaction include hives, facial swelling, diarrhea, vomiting and seizures among other things.
Other than the risk of allergic reaction the most common side effect is constipation. Others include disorientation and frenzy.
Overdose is also rare with this medication, though there is still a possibility if not dosed properly. Signs of overdose include drowsiness, confusion, muscle spasms, tremors, irritability, and agitation.
If your dog is showing any of these signs then you should contact your vet immediately.
Common FAQs about Metoclopramide
Is there a generic version?
Metoclopramide is the generic version of this medication. The brand names commonly include Maxolon, Octamide, and Reglan.
Does it come in liquid form?
The liquid form of this medication is not available from all retailers. You may want to talk to your vet if you are
looking for a liquid version for a hard-to-pill pet.
Can it be given with food?
This medication works best when given to your dog 30 minutes prior to eating a meal and before bedtime. However, you may consult with your vet and follow their instructions exactly.