If your dog suffers from uncontrolled vomiting, your veterinarian might prescribe ondansetron, marketed under the brand name Zofran, to stop his incessant throwing up. One of the strongest antiemetics on the market, Zofran is used to prevent vomiting in people and canines undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer. While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved Zofran for veterinary use, your vet can prescribe it as an "extra-label" medication.
Zofran for Dogs
In addition to its efficacy as an antiemetic, Zofran is also prescribed for bulldogs and other brachycephalic or "short-nosed" breeds diagnosed with sleep apnea. Dogs with liver disease should not receive Zofran. Canines with collie ancestry might experience severe allergic reactions, so they should not receive the drug. Given at the prescribed dose, Zofran has relatively few side effects, although it can cause constipation. It's available in injectable, oral and gel formulations. Always consult an experienced vet regarding the health and treatment of your pet.
Jane Meggitt has been a writer for more than 20 years. In addition to reporting for a major newspaper chain, she has been published in "Horse News," "Suburban Classic," "Hoof Beats," "Equine Journal" and other publications. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from New York University and an Associate of Arts from the American Academy of Dramatics Arts, New York City.