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Dog stretching neck and looking upwards
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pilates · 23/12/2019 09:38

My 18 month old dog has recently started doing this, is this normal?

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BiteyShark · 23/12/2019 09:42

It really depends on the context.

When my dog has been very ill and in pain with his stomach he stretches his neck upwards.

He also does a different stretch but similar when he's just getting up in the morning,

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pilates · 23/12/2019 09:50

Yes it’s not the normal just woken up stretch. He is eating walking normally. I’m sure if I take him to the vets he won’t do it.

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BiteyShark · 23/12/2019 09:56

If there aren't any other symptoms I would probably just do a watch for now.

Certainly my dog has always had other symptoms with the neck stretching.

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Booboostwo · 23/12/2019 10:38

Video him doing it and show the vet?

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Bobstergirl · 23/12/2019 11:01

I would also consider stomach pain. Does he rush his food , is he on kibble?

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MustardScreams · 23/12/2019 11:04

Ooh I’d get him to a vet, what breed is he? When my parent’s dog did this (lab) it was bloat. He was trying to stretch to get the air out of his stomach. The stomach can flip if distended too much and it’s a huge op.

Give the vet a call this morning.

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pilates · 23/12/2019 22:41

I did manage to video him, (miniature schnauzer) and veterinary receptionist said to keep an eye on him but she couldn’t think of anything obvious straight away. What caused that Mustard?

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MustardScreams · 23/12/2019 22:53

@pilates eating too quickly and on the floor. He gulped air down with his food and dogs can’t burp readily.

Mum bought a puzzle feeder on a stand after that which has prevented it happening ever again.

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MustardScreams · 23/12/2019 22:58

Keep an eye out for pacing, pale gums and groaning. Those are the classic bloat signs along with stretching.

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OhCumInMyFaceful · 23/12/2019 22:59

Mine does this but it's obvious when he does it that he's indicating he wants to be stroked. He does it when he's sat by or on us.

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TheLittleBrownFox · 24/12/2019 00:16

My 22 month old does these type of stretches but there's a definite correlation with getting ready to be walked or just got up. She also definitely burps after every meal always knew she was special.

Long or small dogs do tend to stretch more, especially as youngsters.

Anything else behaviour wise? Is he happy to be stroked firmly all over?

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anon2000000000 · 24/12/2019 00:22

My dog does this with an ear infection.

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Diane59 · 19/11/2020 19:15

My dog as started doing this and spinning in her bum . We took her to the vets twice and had her glands popped but she’s still doing it . She 11 month old Frenchie

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pilates · 19/11/2020 20:06

It was an ear infection for mine.

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dinglethedragon · 19/11/2020 20:52

interesting @pilates - As I read the thread and saw it was a Mini S - I thought pancreatitis - the stretching thing is evidently a symptom.

Glad it was nothing so dramatic!

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