Does your dog get carsick?

Motion sickness in dogs Cerenia

Motion sickness is a stressful condition that affects 1 out of every 5 dogs, 1 but veterinarians may not realize how common it really is. While many dog owners are aware of the condition, most don’t discuss it with their veterinarians. Canine motion sickness can prevent your whole family from taking a trip together.







Dogs with motion sickness may show a variety of signs, including:

  • Drooling
  • Dry heaving (retching)
  • Excessive lip licking
  • Inactivity
  • Pacing
  • Rapid panting
  • Restlessness
  • Shaking
  • Whining
  • Yawning
  • Vomiting

Why do dogs suffer from motion sickness?

Motion from traveling by car, plane, boat or train can affect the dog’s inner ear, which sends signals to the brain’s “vomiting center.” These signals cause your dog to show signs of motion sickness, which leads to retching (dry heaving) and vomiting.

What is CERENIA?

CERENIA ® (maropitant citrate) Tablets are the first and only FDA-approved medication to prevent vomiting due to motion sickness in dogs.

  • Safe and non-sedating
  • Once-daily dosing, available in four weight-based sizes*
  • Available only through your veterinarian

The best part: CERENIA works! In a study of dogs suffering from motion sickness, CERENIA prevented vomiting in up to 93% of cases. 2

How does CERENIA work?

CERENIA blocks the vomiting signals sent to the brain by the balance center in the inner ear. By blocking these signals, it prevents your dog from vomiting. Learn more about how CERENIA works.

Talk to your veterinarian and see if your dog can be ready to go with CERENIA!


Travel Tips

  • Before traveling, visit your veterinarian to address any travel concerns, refill necessary prescriptions, and make sure your dog is up-to-date on all vaccinations.
  • Plan on extra stops and breaks along the way.
  • Be sure to pack your dog’s leash & collar (with up-to-date ID tags), favorite blanket, bed & toys, food, water, bowls & waste bags.
  • Check the listings and customer reviews for pet-friendly hotels and restaurants at,, and other sites. Check for availability of pet-sitting services for any side-trips where you can’t bring your pet.
  • Bring along the contact information for a local veterinarian where you are staying.
  • Do not leave your dog unattended in a car.


Use CERENIA Tablets for prevention of vomiting due to motion sickness in dogs 16 weeks and older. Safe use has not been evaluated in dogs with gastrointestinal obstruction, or those that have ingested toxins. Use with caution in dogs with liver dysfunction. In people, topical exposure may cause allergic skin reactions. See full Prescribing Information.

*Approved for vomiting due to motion sickness in dogs 16 weeks of age or older.

1 Data on File. Harris Interactive Pet Owner Market Research CER MS2012. Zoetis Inc., 2012.

2 Conder GA, Sedlacek HS, Boucher JF, Clemence RG. Efficacy and safety of maropitant, a selective neurokinin 1 receptor antagonist, in two randomized clinical trials for prevention of vomiting due to motion sickness in dogs. J Vet Pharmacol Ther. 2008 Dec;31(6):528-532.

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