|Barked: Sun Jan 24, '10 11:04am PST |
This may be a long post as this has been occurring for 3 weeks now.
It all started 3 weeks ago today when my dog jumped into bed with me and I noticed she was smacking/licking her lips nonstop. She had never done it before, so I thought it was odd. She did this for like 30 minutes STRAIGHT! Well, that same night, we were playing w/ her and when she went to get a drink, she gagged a bit and then coughed a few times. She even spit up a little white foamy stuff (not much).
The next few days she would go in and out of "acting normal" . She wanted to play. She ate. She went to the bathroom normal (regular stools, etc.), but one thing I noticed is that she wasn't drinking much water.
Well, after a few days she started to drink water again. The next day, right after she ate food, she sat there and smacked/licked her lips AGAIN for about 20 minutes. Then, she just seemed "uncomfortable/uneasy" after eating. This went on for a few days...normal stool, normal eating habits, drinking water, but occassional gags/coughs and then the period of "lick lipping" after eating her food.
I took her to the vet w/ these symptoms about 5 days into it, and he did a "general check up". Everything seemed good. The vet seemed "stumped" and said "let's try sucurlfate" for her...if it's a scartch/irritation of her esophagus/stomach, this will coat it and it'll eventually heal on its own.
While on this, she continued to lip smack/lick, but a bit less. She continued to eat/drink normally.
About 4 days later, she was playing with us, and all of the sudden just PUKED (no retching, nothign)...it just shot out all over the bed. IT had been a good hour since she had eaten. She did that again on Sunday while playing...a little bit of throw up on her toy out of nowhere. We called the vet and brought her back in.
This was a different vet, and she decided it was time to do xrays/bloodwork. Got the xray taken...it was normal. Nothing showed up as "alarming"...perfect. Her bloodwork all came back normal as well. they even tested her for some virus (can't remember which one). One more thing they did that day was give her BARIUM as they said it'd "coat" everything in case it was an ulcer/scratch/irritation. We went home, and honestly...it got better. The lip licking/smacking stopped for a few days, and there was no throw up episode.
About 5 days of normalcy, and then she threw up a bit again. We called the vet, and she said "Well, the fact that the barium seemed to of helped tells me that it must be something to do w/ her esophagus/stomach...whether it's scratched/irritated/ulcer/etc. Because she got better with that, I recommend you start giving her Pepcid every morning".
And so we've been doing that now for 3-4 days. Well, no throw up, BUT...that darn lip smacking/licking has gotten WORSE. She now does it hours after she's eaten (before I assumed it had something to do with eating, but now...it's sporadic throughout the day). The poor girl has been licking/smacking the air/her lips all weekend long. She also just seems "uncomfortable". I can't pinpoint it, nor can I explain in words what I mean by "seeming uncomfortable", but I know my dog, and she is not herself. Again, she still wants to play, go on walks, eat treats, eat, drink, go to the bathroom, etc. It just seems like half the time she's uncomfortable/something is irritating her insides.
Ahh, so....anyone know what could be causing my dog to do this for 3 weeks now? I feel better knowing her bloodwork was normal and that nothing showed on the xray and that she ACTS normal/energetic still, but......I'm getting annoyed. I feel bad for her. Something isn't....RIGHT...that is VERY obvious to me.
What would you do at this point? I'm continuing to give her the Pepcid....even though my gut tells me it's not doing much for her, and th evet ordered I do it for 2 weeks and then stop to see what happens.
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