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Can Beano help a gassy dog? Does this idea even make sense?
You’ll be happy to hear that canines can also take this dietary supplement.
The natural enzymes in Beano are not dangerous for dogs. It’s safe!
The question then becomes…
Does Beano actually work for pets? We’ll talk about that in a moment.
First, it should be emphasized that any dog with a serious flatulence problem could have a medical condition. If so, suppressing symptoms would be the wrong approach.
Dogs Can Take Beano (it is not toxic)
In certain situations, this supplement may do the trick.
With that being said…
Look to address root causes if your dog is always having this super stinky issue.
People Compared to Pets
Also, consider this before depending on Beano for a buddy:
The product works best for diets high in cruciferous vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds and other gassy foods that tend to have lots of complex carbohydrates.
But dogs should mostly be eating protein-packed meals with fat and plenty of calcium.
Do you see the conflict?
Beano may only be fully effective if you are deviating from a carnivorous K9 diet.
The Best Time For Beano
So here’s the deal:
Beano is worth trying when feeding a dog foods like eggplant, carrots, squash, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, beans and whole grains.
Those special occasions are when it could really come in handy for a hungry hound!
In any case…
There is no harm in giving your adult dog Alpha-galactosidase AKA α-GAL (the key ingredient). This particular enzyme is OK for animals.
Dosing Beano For Dogs
At this point, how much Beano can you give a dog is a question you may have.
Well, the amount isn’t super critical (unlike potentially harmful medications like Gas-X).
Still, you should take into account the size of your four-legged friend. But the biggest factor is what type of Beano you have on hand.
Why is that?
Because dogs are better off taking the lower concentration of Alpha-galactosidase (which by the way is derived from a fungus called Aspergillus niger).
So in all cases…
Beano’s chewable version is preferred to the Meltaways™. Give your dog 1 tablet (but never more than 2) right before a special meal. Stick to only 1 for small breeds.
Alternatives For Bad Gas
While Beano is an option, vets will tell you it’s not the best way to prevent a dog from having terrible gas.
For sure, owners get results from over the counter meds like Pepto Bismol and Beano too. The problem is these aren’t true sustainable solutions.
An improved diet may be the real fix. It can be frustrating, but eventually you’ll pin down a food regimen that works.
Also look into probiotics for dogs!
Get a Proper Diagnosis
The truth is consistently horrible gas rarely occurs in healthy dogs.
A veterinarian’s diagnosis could reveal the cause of ferocious farting. It could be a gastrointestinal (gut health) condition.
A hit or miss approach with Beano (even if it isn’t risky for your dog) could be counterproductive.
The Bottom Line
You can use Beano on your dog. There is no toxicity.
There are scenarios where this product’s enzymes can help, like when sharing certain people foods.
On the other hand, dogs really shouldn’t be eating lots of dietary carbohydrates ie. the type of foods that Beano is effective for.