Dosage For Dogs
Note: Always speak to a vet before you begin treating your dog with medicine. Metoclopramide should not be used unless it is recommended by a vet.
The correct dosage range when using metoclopramide to treat your dog will depend on what you are using the medicine for.
|Purpose Of Use||Treatment Plan|
|As a vomiting preventative (general)||0.05 – 0.18 mg/lb by mouth or SC/IM injection every 6 hours|
|To treat gastric motility disorders||0.1 – 0.18 mg/lb by mouth every 8 hours|
|To improve bladder contractility||0.1 – 0.22 mg/lb by mouth every 8 hours|
When treating gastric motility disorders the medicine should be given 30 minutes before meals.
How Safe Is It?
The medicine is safe and bad reactions are not very common in healthy dogs. Overdoses are also rarely dangerous unless extremely high amounts are given. However dogs may not be suitable for treatment if they have:
- GI bleeding, perforation or obstruction
- A seizure disorder
It may also interact or cause adverse effects when given to those who are taking other medicines or supplements. This includes anaesthetics, depressants, cyclosporine and others.
Pregnancy/Nursing: It can be safe for pregnant and nursing animals if used with caution, please speak to a vet if your dog is pregnant or nursing before beginning treatment. For more, see these metoclopramide pregnancy studies.
When treating a dog with this medicine you should:
- Only start treatment if recommended to do so by a vet
- Store in a light-resistant container (the drug is sensitive to light)
- Tell the vet about any medical conditions affecting your dog
- Tell the vet about any other medicines/supplements you are giving your dog
- Tell the vet if your dog is pregnant or nursing
What Can It Be Used For?
This drug can be used to:
- Prevent vomiting/nausea
- Treat GI motility issues
- Improve bladder contractility
Side effects are usually mild and uncommon but changes in mental activity and behavior are possible. Based on adverse reactions seen in humans nausea, diarrhea, elevated prolactin levels and raised blood pressure may be possible when using metoclopramide.
Dr. D. Twedt
Dr. R. Washabau
Plumb’s Veterinary Drug Handbook (sixth edition)