|Barked: Sat Mar 13, '10 6:08am PST |
|I don't know if I can help, but just wanted to say that I have a similar problem, although less so, with Joey. He swallows a lot, especially at night. He doesn't belch or breathe heavily, but he has always licked a lot (his paws and anything he can on me!) and always swallows a lot after eating or chewing anything. Sometimes at night, he'll sit up, stretch his neck, sit there for a second, and then lie back down. The vet recommended omneprazole (sorry, this is mispelled, I think - but it's the generic for a very common acid reducer for frequent heartbearn - Prilosec I think). Vet also suggested trying a small amount of food right before bed in case the length of time between eating (from 5pm to 8am) was too long and acid was building up in his stomach. I tried both with limited success, but I am currently trying that again for two weeks.
You might want to try the Pepcid (or Prilosec) for more than just one night, make sure he's not overeating (can cause stomach upset), and try the snack before bed time for a couple nights. Also, I didn't think Cal Nat made a truly grain-free kibble. (Doesn't it have barley or rice in it? Not sure. I feed half canned Cal Nat, which IS completely grain-free). I would be careful about changing foods too soon, since that that can cause stomach upset, which is obviously not what you want here! I don't know about the swallowing, but I know if I change food with Joey (who I think has food allergies), I have to make the change very slowly or else he licks his paws even more. I suppose it's also possible that Koorazh might also have developed an intolerance to chicken, since it's a common allergan for dogs.
Last night I looked at Joey's gums, and there's a blackish spot where one of his canines hits the gum. I don't know if that's normal (he never let me look in his mouth much before), but I was planning to ask the vet about it, along with whether a tooth cleaning is a good idea. I would think that gum disease could cause excess salivation and swallowing if there's infection there. In your case, the belching certainly sounds like there's some kind of digestive thing going on, so I'd focus more on that (and what foods you feed) rather than the teeth/gum angle. By the way, I simply use cooked sweet potato or sometimes a tiny bit of kibble (Nat Balance) for a treat, since I've always suspected Joey might have food allergies.
I have googled excess swallowing a lot and the things that usually come up are acid reflux or nausea (or any digestive system upset) and tooth/gum problems. There are also mentions of various problems of the esophagus, but those usually apply to dogs that have trouble swallowing. I think Joey can swallow correctly, since he never regurgitates, so I don't think that's his problem.
Good luck, and please let me know if and when you get this figured out!
Edited by author Sat Mar 13, '10 6:23am PST
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