Can I Give My Dog Gas-X?

Can I Give My Dog Gas-X?Gas-X is effective for humans, but can you safely give it to a dog? One thing that can make a dog uncomfortable is bloating due to gas. It can be frustrating because treating this common canine problem isn’t quite so clear cut.

When your dog is uncomfortable or in gastric pain, we are often not sure exactly what to do. Phoning or visiting a vet is preferable but it’s sometimes unaffordable. Often they just suggest an over-the-counter medicine or write a prescription. In any case, we want your pup back to normal so we’ll focus on Gas-X as an option here.

First off, if you think your dog’s bloating was caused by something they ate, it will likely pass on its own. On the other hand, it could actually be dangerous and a symptom of something more serious.

Can I Give My Dog Gas-X? Answer: Yes

But canine bloating can be life threatening and therefore a proper diagnosis is best.

Under more common and less serious scenarios, using GasX on your dog may be effective for quick and temporary relief. So Gas-X, real name Simethicone, is often used on dogs but it’s best to seek medical advice from your veterinarian as soon as possible in order to rule out other issues.

A dog with an undiagnosed bloating problem can die a fast and painful death. This is why sometimes treating and diagnosing your furry friend yourself isn’t a good idea. Your vet has a lot of experience with animals and will know exactly what to do. This way, before you know it, your dog will be well again.

Some Signs of Bloating

There are several signs that your dog may be bloated. Sudden depression, excessive pacing or if their stomach seems harder than usual are all bad indicators. Also if your dog is trying to vomit, with little or no success, it could be a related symptom and potentially fatal. In such a case, you must take your dog to the vet or emergency veterinarian hospital immediately. Always have the local vet’s number on hand so you can call in an emergency.

Our Prevention Tips

To avoid excessive canine gas or bloating, it’s best to feed them a meat-based diet. In low quality dog foods there are usually too many grains and too little meat. Dogs need mostly meats and the protein derived from it for a healthy life. Too many grains can cause bloating in your dog and therefore should be restricted as much as possible.

Never feed your dog just one large meal per day. Instead, provide them with 2 or 3 small meals daily. Also, be sure your dog doesn’t drink too much water right before or right after eating. Finally, restrict exercise for a few hours after meals for better overall digestion.

Keep in mind that treating symptoms using Gas-X isn’t a solution. Some gastric problems are the result of a poor lifestyle including eating habits as explained above. Of course, dogs don’t know what they should or shouldn’t be eating and that’s where you come in.

K9 Risks, Genetics & Vets

Some dogs are more at risk that others when it comes to gas and bloating. Larger breeds often experience gastric problems more than smaller dogs. Canines that are deep chested or underweight are also prone. If you’re concerned about your dog’s gas and/or bloating, visit a vet if you can afford it. Hopefully they will properly diagnose them and this way you won’t have to experiment with Gas-X.

Before purchasing a dog, ask about their family history. Gastrointestinal problems are often hereditary. A responsible breeder won’t breed pups with such health problems. Unfortunately, you may never know the reason for your dog’s digestive troubles. Sometimes you just have to treat them as best you can.

Conclusion on Gas-X

Giving your dog Gas-X likely won’t harm them when it’s properly dosed. However, it may not work for them either, especially if they haven’t first been diagnosed. Letting the experts take a look is prudent.

Typical symptoms related to GasX usage could be much worse than first thought. A condition called Bloat is the second leading killer in dogs. Therefore, it could be very important to get them looked at.

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Mary September 3, 2015

I have a 19 pound Pomeranian. She’s 11 and a half years old and occasionally she gets noises in her stomach. When I give her brown rice the noise goes away. There are no smells related to this issue so I don’t know if it’s gas. She tends to stay away from food when this happens. The vet said to put her on a bland diet, which she is on 99% of the time. Today is one of those days and she won’t even eat the rice. What about giving her Gas-X or Pepto-Bismol?

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Tammie June 28, 2015

I have an older, 15 pounds overweight, Boxer. They are known for sensitive stomachs to begin with. The vet said to put her on a weight maintenance food. I did that and after a year she is down to her proper weight. We are now using the weight maintenance food just to maintain this weight. The problem is that for the last year her gas has been horrible, every time after she eats. I’ve tried every brand out there that the pets stores carry. My question is could I give her a Gas-X pill with her meal to help relieve the gas on a daily basis? She is never in pain she is usually sleeping when it happens.

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Boxer Lover July 5, 2015

My Boxers had a similar problem with gas. The vet suggested plain yogurt. I mix in about a tablespoon of it with their evening meal and it helps greatly. If I run out, and don’t get to the store immediately, you can tell right away.

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Tammie July 5, 2015

Thanks so much for your help. Actually, I always have vanilla yogurt at home because I eat it every morning myself. I guess my dog and I will be having breakfast together every morning now.

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Tonnie April 3, 2015

I have 3 standard Poodles. They have had gas or bad breathe every now and then. But this week a horrid smell started in all 3. I can’t even explain this horrible smell. I have always fed them the same food, same food dish, nothing new. About a month ago I got some new milk and cookies, but they are a little different. I have always given them one small sized cookie a day so maybe it’s that. But they haven’t had a cookie for four days and this gas is still filling my entire house. Any ideas on what to do?

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Alfie April 8, 2015

Hi Tonnie. I know this sounds weird but your dogs need their scent glands squeezed. If your dogs have been having soft stools then not enough pressure is being put on the scent glands. So liquid is built up in them until it becomes a discomfort. What dogs then do is lick them and this can lead to a very nasty smell. What I would advise is ask your vet to check their scent glands to see if there is a build up.

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Terence February 21, 2014

Breeds most at risk for bloating include:

Afghan, Akita, Alaskan Malamute, Bernese Mountain Dog, Bloodhound, Boxer, Doberman, Great Dane, Great Pyrenee, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Irish Setter, Irish Wolfhound, King Shepherd, Kuvasz, Labrador Retriever, Newfoundland, Rottweiler, Shiloh Shepherd, Standard Poodle, St.Bernard and Weimaraner

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