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Dog episode of pacing, licking floor, hiccuping/swallowing

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FishChipsAndBeans Mon 06-Feb-17 16:50:55

My dog has a long soft palate and seasonal allergies, so I'm used to her occasionally reverse sneezing, and allergy-related symptoms.

She has just spent around 10-15 minutes madly pacing, frantically licking the floor, while hiccuping/swallowing. I couldn't distract her from this at all. Around halfway through she stopped and hacked like she was going to vomit, but nothing came up. This is new for her - I've not seen her do this mad licking before.

She's settled down now and seems fine again. I've felt her stomach and it doesn't feel distended. She's only had on-lead walks today and I've not noticed her picking anything up, apart from a couple of twigs which I told her to drop and she did do straight away. She's eaten and drank normally today.

I phoned the vet's, described what had happened and asked whether I should be worried/come in to see someone, or just monitor seeing as it only lasted 10/15 mins and she's ok now. They were non-committal and just said I can either monitor it or make an appointment if I was worried.

I've googled it, but have only found anecdotal stories - mostly I found that the frantic licking of the floors seems to be due to the dog feeling nauseous and the equivalent of them trying to find grass to eat. But I also came across bloat, which is why I mentioned her stomach not being distended.

I suspect it's more likely something as simple as nausea, or it's to do with her long soft palate being irritated. But if it's something else then I'm conscious of ignoring it as so many things I take her to the vet for end up being down to allergies or her palate.

Has anyone else experienced anything similar?

TheGiantSausage Mon 06-Feb-17 23:11:19

My dog acts a bit like this before she vomits (she's quite a vomit-y dog). I, personally, wouldn't rush her to the vet but I'd probably have her sleep in with me for the night just to keep an eye on her.
The first time my dog got ill, I also panicked and thought of bloat but it was just a regular little stomach bug.
Hope she's feeling better now and it was just a bit of nausea that's now passed.

flumpsnlumpsnstuff Mon 06-Feb-17 23:15:19

My old dog did this when she had eaten a chocolate bar she stole/found out on a walk. She ended up at the vets very poorly. Sorry

FishChipsAndBeans Tue 07-Feb-17 06:45:40

Thanks for your replies.

The floor-licking thing happened again an hour later, so I took her to the vet's last night. They can't work out what's wrong with her, but because she's had a few vet trips related to her throat area, they've booked her in for Xrays and an examination under sedation today - I'm taking her in this morning and she'll be there all day.

She's not had a good night - she's been restless, gulping and occasionally crying.

Burntbum Fri 10-Feb-17 23:29:09

How's she doing Fish?

FishChipsAndBeans Sat 11-Feb-17 07:01:53

Well everything came back normal! They did xrays and did a thorough exam under sedation, and the vet couldn't find anything at all - no inflammation, nothing.

We're a but stumped now as to what it was. The vet said we could proceed to endoscope under general anesthetic to look at her oesophagus and get a better look in her stomach, but as this gulping/floor licking has only happened twice, we're all inclined towards thinking that's probably not necessary yet. If it increases or becomes more severe then we'll do that, but for now we're assuming it was some kind of irritation or nausea.

Anyway, she's completely fine now - back to her usual happy self!

Burntbum Sat 11-Feb-17 13:53:15

Glad she's better. What a relief for you!

FishChipsAndBeans Sat 11-Feb-17 14:26:16

Thanks Burntbum, yes it's a massive relief! She's very precious to us smile

BillyDaveysDaughter Sat 11-Feb-17 14:30:27

My dog has frequent episodes of this. Nothing has ever come of it? She doesn't even vomit...

twojues Sat 11-Feb-17 20:40:15

My dog does this.

It usually starts about 1am for some reason. We seemed to have worked out it's something like heartburn.

He coughs, hiccups and licks his bed or the wooden floor. If I let him outside he eats grass. He will drink quite a lot if I let him (I do restrict him now). He is sick, but only really brings back the grass and froth.

I give him a couple of antacid tablets and lie on the sofa with him by my side on the floor. I will stroke him which seems to calm him. It can take a couple of hours.

He is absolutely fine in the morning and eats his breakfast ok.

FishChipsAndBeans Mon 13-Feb-17 14:18:13

Thanks for your responses.

Twojues, it's interesting that you say that - I came across this forum with around 130 posts all saying a similar thing about acid reflux: www.dogfoodadvisor.com/forums/topic/dog-gulping-and-swallowing/

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