Any time you take medications and are a pet parent, it’s really important to ensure all of your meds are where your dog can’t get them. Dogs are curious by nature, and they love to eat just about anything!
When they see you eating something, it’s possible fur baby may believe it’s something tasty he’s missing out on enjoying! He may then try to get some of the medication and eat it. Or one of your pills could fall on the floor, and your dog pounces on it and scarfs it down before you can say, “No!”
Whatever the scenario, a dog may try to eat Gas-X, too! But can Gas-X make a dog sick?
Has your dog eaten Gas-X? Are you worried the Gas-X will make your dog sick? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary when your dog eats something like a human medication.
We’ve put together some information about Gas-X and whether it can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!
What is Gas-X?
Gas-X, also called simethicone, is a medication used to treat gas-related issues in the intestines. While this is a drug meant for humans, vets also prescribe Gas-X for dogs. The medicine usually comes in tablet or capsule form.
Simethicone, the active ingredient in Gas-X, helps break up gas bubbles in the digestive tract, allowing the body to more easily pass gas and find relief from that awful bloated feeling that may accompany excess gas. This medication works to break down the gas bubbles and helps them combine into larger bubbles. In addition, simethicone works to reduce the surface tension of gas bubbles and keeps more bubbles from forming. Who knew?
The medication is prescribed for dogs who have excess gas, bloating, flatulence, burping, and other digestive problems. The dosage for dogs is based on the dog’s weight. Smaller dogs receive a smaller dose, and so on.
But what happens if a dog eats too much Gas-X?
Gas-X & Dogs
The good news is that Gas-X is considered a relatively safe medication. This is Gas-X which contains no other ingredients. It’s also possible a dog could be allergic to the medicine. It’s also possible a dog could develop digestive issues from eating too much Gas-X.
Symptoms of Gas-X Ingestion in Dogs
You may notice these symptoms if your dog has eaten Gas-X tablets:
Signs of Allergic Reaction (Rare)
- Swelling of the face
- Hives (large, red welts on the skin)
- Red, irritated, itchy skin
- Breathing difficulties
If you notice these symptoms in your dog, call the vet immediately. This could be an emergency. Don’t wait to see if your dog’s symptoms improve or worsen. Your dog could be having a severe allergic reaction that requires treatment ASAP.
An allergic reaction to Gas-X is rare but is still possible. So, do call the vet if your canine companion has these symptoms.
We would recommend calling the vet for these symptoms because your dog has eaten a human medication. While diarrhea and vomiting may not be serious, it’s still best to check with the vet. They can provide information on the next steps to help your canine companion feel better.
The good news is that most dogs will survive eating Gas-X! However , it’s a good idea to keep this medication out of your fur baby’s reach in the future.