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Can dogs take phenergan for vomiting?

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October 20, 2011 6:31PM

Phenergan is the brand name for the medication promethazine. This medication is used mainly as an anti-nausea treatment for people. In dogs it is used as an anti-histamine, although it's not the most commonly prescribed--usually only if other meds haven't worked effectively.

In both people and dogs it acts as both an anti-histamine and an anti-nausea.

For dogs, the anti-histamine dosage is 1mg/kg (2.2lbs), usually twice daily. It is not generally prescribed for nausea in dogs, but I have used it successfully as such a treatment numerous times, using the same dosage guidelines (1mg/kg), but administering the medication every 4 hours until vomiting ceases. However, only once did I ever have to administer a second dose to any of my dogs.

Keep in mind, I am not a vet (and not affiliated with any vet or with the makers of phenergan or promethazine--covering my a**, here!), and of course cannot recommend the usage of any medication for any animal (and would recommend you consult your vet). I am just telling of my personal experience with the medicine.

Also, the possibility for drug interactions does exist, especially with medications for anti-anxiety, narcotics for pain, other anti-histamines (like benadryl), and anti-depressants.