Simethicone For Dogs With Flatulence Or Bloat

(redirects here from gas-x)

Read the following for information about Gas-X (simethicone) for dogs such as the correct dosage, side effects and safety information.

Simethicone, also known as Gas-X, is an anti-foaming over-the-counter medication most typically used to control pain associated with the build-up of gas. Aside from this, it has a more serious use which is for the prevention of bloat. Bloat is a life threatening condition in dogs so acting quickly and being able to recognize early warning signs is vital. Simethicone works by causing smaller bubbles of gas to combine with larger ones, allowing them to be passed easier. If administered at the very beginning stages of bloat the medicine may prevent the condition from developing at all, though if discomfort in your dog continues you will need to seek emergency veterinary attention. Do not be under any false pretences, bloat is a medical emergency and you should treat it as such. Because of this important use, you should always keep a supply of simethicone at home.

If you wish to suppress the actual formation of gas, you should supplement your dog with probiotic enzymes. You can buy formulations specifically made for dogs such as Vetri-Probiotic Everyday and NaturVet Digestive Enzymes.

Simethicone dosage for dogs

For the treatment of gas, simethicone is most often administered at dosages of 1 to 2 mg/lb body weight three times a day (every 8 hours). If you suspect your dog has bloat you should administer 2 doses of the medicine immediately and contact the vet for instructions.

Is simethicone safe for dogs?

Because simethicone is not absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract it is very safe. The medicine is unlikely to cause adverse side effects and accidental overdose is rare as dogs are very tolerant of the substance.

Safety precautions

  • Ask your vet for specific dosage information for your dog as this varies
  • Always keep your supply of simethicone fully replenished
  • Become familiar with the warning signs of bloat so you can act fast
  • Be especially vigilant for warning signs if you have a deep-chested dog as they are at a higher risk of developing the condition

Warning signs of bloat include unsuccessful vomiting (which means either nothing comes up or your dog only brings up foam/mucous), unusual behavior, anxiety/restlessness, a hunched up appearance, a tight bloated abdomen, panting, shallow breathing and foam around the lips. These are just some of the signs. Something you may wish to try is to put your ear to your dog’s stomach, if normal gurgling digestion sounds are not present then bloat is a possibility. Visible bloating of the stomach is not always present. Always keep simethicone in case of emergency.

Uses of simethicone for dogs

Vets commonly advise the use of simethicone for the treatment of:

  • Uncomfortable flatulence
  • Bloat

Side effects when giving simethicone to your dog

Typical side effects include bouts of gas. This is because the substance combines gas bubbles in your dog’s stomach so they can be passed easier. Because simethicone is not absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract, adverse side effects are extremely rare, though unusually high doses have been known to cause loose stools (around the 8 gram mark).

Always keep a supply of simethicone handy in case of emergency.

Wikipedia article for information about simethicone