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We're heading back to Florida and my wife asked how many Dramamine Van Gogh should take, our tabs are 50mg each but I wanna knock him out since he's had a rough 3 days, very busy.

He weighs 60lbs, is 8 months old.
He gets motion sickness still--our vet told us to give him dram but i totally forgot the dosage. Would 100mg be to much or 150mg be to much for a dog that weighs 60lbs?

Also going to be giving him Benadryl, not sure what the dosage should be mixed with the Dramamine

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I never gave this medication to any of our dogs. That's what I found online. I am not sure I would combine the two - they are both antihistamines. Did your vet say you can combine them?


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I never gave this medication to any of our dogs. That's what I found online. I am not sure I would combine the two - they are both antihistamines. Did your vet say you can combine them?
Not in so many words, our vet told us to give Van Gogh Benadryl to treat hot spots he had some weeks back, but them advised us to give him dram when driving in the car. It's horrible I didn't ask the million dollar question, can I give both at the same time; but I assume I could; one is treating car sickness while the other is making him tired, as sleepy
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I never gave this medication to any of our dogs. That's what I found online. I am not sure I would combine the two - they are both antihistamines. Did your vet say you can combine them?
Not in so many words, our vet told us to give Van Gogh Benadryl to treat hot spots he had some weeks back, but them advised us to give him dram when driving in the car. It's horrible I didn't ask the million dollar question, can I give both at the same time; but I assume I could; one is treating car sickness while the other is making him tired, as sleepy
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Since they are both antihistamines I would be more worried about over-dosage. Does the bottle have any instructions? If not, IMHO when in doubt go with what you know (Benadryl dosage).


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Your bottle of dramamine doesn't have the dosage on it? Did you buy the prescription from the vet or is that something you can get over the counter.

Personally, I would not give both at the same time. Dramamine will make your dog plenty sleepy for the ride home, no need to add Benedryl to it just to knock him out. The vet recommended/prescribed that only for treating an active hot spot... not for an extra push to sleep in the car. I can't say for sure that it would prove harmful, but why chance it. Your dog has been through a lot this week. Don't overload his system more than it already has been. Choose one and stick with it.

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OMG.

1. Benadryl and Dramamine are the same drug- diphenhydramine. You don't need to give both because it's THE SAME THING. Read the label!!!!!

2. Based on your previous post, I'd not give my dog ANYTHING before putting him in a car. I'd be at the vet asking their opinion and getting him checked out.

3. I'm starting to wonder if your poor dog's sickness is because you are pumping him full of drugs he doesn't need and/or can't handle. Emmit has taken benadryl for hot spots/ ear infection itchiness before and I've NEVER given him more than 50mg and he's a BIG dog. 30 lbs bigger than yours.

Please just be careful and educate yourself.
edit- I' 've never given him more than 50mg, which is two Benadryl pills, and that was at the advice of our vet . I accidentally said 100mg before,but meant 50


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Also- I really hope your dog actually gets car sick for real and you aren't just using the Benadryl/ Dramamine to make him sleepy for the car ride so you don't have to stop as often.

We drove cross-country with our dogs- Ohio to Southern California- and they didn't take a single medication. If your dog actually has motion sickness then by all means, make him comfortable. But if this is just a plan to make him sleepy, then I'm going to get incredibly angry.

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Final comment: you should only be giving him Benadryl to treat hot spots that are a current problem, not as a preventative measure. Benadryl helps relieve the itching from a hot spot but does nothing to treat the underlying cause.

In other words, don't continue giving him daily Benadryl once the hot spot is gone unless your vet (NOT your breeder) told you to.

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I certainly would not be giving my dogs a mix of medications that you are not sure are safe to give together. Why would you do that? Your young dog has been quite unwell & now you are going to put drugs into him to make him sleep for your long journey home ....which means he will get no fluids, which he needs after being sick so recently. Drugs just cannot be mixed like that, as some can interact in a bad way with one another, or you could be double-dosing him, which could be very detrimental to his health. And you are not sure about the dosage & could end up giving way more than you should. Drugs should never be given unless a vet has told you the correct dosage, & should never be mixed like you are wanting to do. Your dog's health & well- being are at risk doing this. We travelled fourteen hours by car with our two Maremmas a few years ago & did not feel the need to dose them up to make them sleep. I understand your dog gets car sick, so surely the correct dosage is on the label?
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