Human Medicine for Gassy Dogs?

Hi, I’m Dr. Fiona Caldwell and I’m a veterinarian at Idaho veterinary hospital. I’m answering questions from pet owners today, for Pets Best. And this question is, “I have a gassy dog. Can I give my dog Beano to help?

Unfortunately, this happens. Dogs can clear out rooms sometimes, with their gassiness, so I sympathize with you. Beano has not been shown to be toxic in dogs. However, as with any human drug, definitely consult with your veterinarian before you’re using over the counter products that are meant for humans.

A better option I think is going to be to get at the root of the problem. Why is your dog so gassy? Typically, I find that the gassier dogs sometimes are on a lower quality food. So, make sure you’re really purchasing a high quality food that doesn’t have a lot of fillers, or a lot of byproducts or that type of thing in it.

If you’re already using a good quality food, you might try switching the protein and carbohydrate source. Maybe your dog has sensitivity to beef or lamb, or whatever protein you are using. Some dogs can have gassiness that have food allergies or food sensitivities, and your veterinarian is going to be really useful tool to help you determine if there’s actually a medical problem for the gassiness; and anything that you might try if your dog’s gassiness is potentially related to more than just their food. Are you giving them a lot of table scraps? Do they get a lot of treats, that type of thing? Go a week or two, maybe even three weeks of just not giving them any people food, table scraps, goodies or anything like that. If the gassiness clears up, then clearly it was related to those extra goodies that they were getting throughout the day.

If you have questions or comments, feel free to post below, or on the Pets Best Facebook page.


  • Laurieb

    I had this problem with one of my dogs. For a different reason, we began adding unfiltered cider vinegar to his food. It didn’t fix the other issue, but it almost completely cleared up his gas!

  • Linda M.

    Rawhide, which is sold everywhere as a safe treat, is a big culprit for causing gas. Some dogs will eat too much of this and/ or swallow pieces whole. I actually had a wirehaired dachshund that nearly choked to death on a sticky flat piece I didn’t see she had gotten off. if I hadn’t been home to get it out of her throat and help her wake up (she had passed out) she would have died right then. I have found better choices since then. If you have a puppy or dog who really needs to chew, pork rinds or pork hide is much more digestible so doesn’t cause as much gas. If you still want your dog to have rawhide bones, then buy the extra extra large size, even if you have a small dog. It is so big they lose interest and get tired, usually long before they can get any large pieces off. Even so, it is to be supervised at all times. Wheat allergy also causes gas and is more common than one might think. I have a smooth coat collie now, who can not have anything made with wheat.


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