Simethicone For Dogs: Uses, Dosage, & Side Effects

Five-months old female English Bulldog in her bed, as photographed from above while she is pulling a funny pose. Might have gas and need simethicone.

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Simethicone is a medicine that can treat gas-related issues in dogs. It’s the generic name for a product that is also sold under the popular brand name Gas-X.

The medication works on a short-term basis by aiding the formation of larger gas bubbles. These become easier for dogs to get rid of by burping or passing gas.

It comes in a range of forms including tablets, capsules, and liquids. This medicine doesn’t require a veterinarian’s prescription to purchase; although, you must consult with your vet before adding it or any new supplements and treatments to your dog’s routine.

Closely follow your vet’s instructions for the correct and safe dosage and frequency. Here’s what you should know about the uses, dosage, and side effects of simethicone for dogs.

Uses Of Simethicone For Dogs

Simethicone can treat gas-related issues in dogs. Some of these issues include excessive flatulence, burping, and bloating — not to be confused with bloat, which is a potentially deadly condition that needs immediate emergency veterinary care.

The medicine works by causing smaller gas bubbles to merge together and form into larger gas bubbles. Those bubbles, in turn, become easier for dogs to expel by burping and passing gas.

Dosage Of Simethicone For Dogs

Happy english bulldog is lying on his back with his paws up while owner rubs his belly. Funny and sunny photo with a dog. Love pets.

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The following is a guideline for typical use of the drug in dogs and must not replace your veterinarian’s advice for your individual pet.

The recommended dosage of simethicone for dogs can vary a great deal based on the dog’s weight, the formula of the medication, the dog’s condition, and other factors.

Generally, veterinarians advise a dose of 20 mg for small dogs, 40 mg for medium dogs, and 80 mg for large dogs.

Your vet can recommend a more specific and safe dosage that reflects the severity of the gas-related condition and the size and weight of your dog. It’s important to always follow the dosage and administration instructions exactly. This includes the length of time you should give the medicine to your dog.

Side Effects Of Simethicone For Dogs

Side effects of simethicone that appear in dogs are uncommon, but sometimes diarrhea and vomiting might occur.

In general, if you notice signs of allergic reaction, such as hives, swelling, or difficulty breathing when your dog takes any kind of medicine, make sure to contact your veterinarian immediately.

If you suspect your dog has taken too much of the medication and may be suffering from an overdose, contact an emergency veterinarian right away.

Has your dog ever taken simethicone or Gas-X? Did it help your dog get over their gas issues? Let us know in the comments section below!