Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Western South Dakota
Dogs Name: Zipper, Cody, Shogie, Thor, Ninja, all RIP
Titles: All of them are angels now
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I'm so sorry you lost Atlas. What a horrible thing to happen. I wanted to comment on the Gas-X, though (or the off-brand equivalent, which is the same simethecone). Zipper's vet wanted her on a prescription food the last year of her life, but not only was it prohibitively expensive, but Zipper wouldn't eat it. It was the only thing in the world I had ever seen her refuse. Go figure. Anyway, her vet then "prescribed" boiled chicken and rice. THAT she would eat, and she loved it. The problem was she ate too fast, and I couldn't hand feed the rice like I did other foods, so every time she ate, she got gas really bad, to the point her belly would swell and she'd be crying from the pain. I've eaten rice too fast, so I know how it feels, and it's not fun. (Sorry, I'm rambling.) So the vet told me to go get some Gas-X and give her one with each meal, and that completely solved the problem. She got two a day, one with her breakfast, and one with dinner, and never had another gas pain.
My point is, the Gas-X is fine to give on a daily basis, and Zipper had two every day for nearly a year. I was terrified one of her gassy episodes was going to escalate into something worse than just a bellyache, and her vet is an hour and a half away, so the anti-gas pills were a huge relief for her and for me.
For future reference. Or anyone else who has a dog who eats too fast.