|Barked: Mon Oct 15, '12 4:46pm PST |
|Hi. I hope you're still following this, as I remember your posting some time ago when Joey and I were struggling with a similar problem. I believe you live in my area, too, (MD suburbs of DC) and know a Christi I used to work for.
I am still having similar stuff going on with Joey, although it is not as severe as your case. He wakes me up usually around 2:30 in the morning with his slurping and swallowing, and then again in early morning (maybe 7:30 or so, but perhaps that's just when my brain wakes up and hears him doing it - may be more frequent than that; not sure). I was thinking that because the room is pretty dry and I wake up with dry mouth, perhaps it's just a simple case of dry mouth. Last night I got bold and left the window cracked open to increase the humidity. I have to be careful because we (still) think Joey may lick his paws due to allergy (and I have allergy problems too - leaving windows open is risky). It seemed to have helped a little, but who knows, maybe I was just sleeping more soundly than usual.
I am also trying (still) different foods. I'm thinking that the current food is a bit high on fat, which may upset his stomach. For the first time ever, I heard Joey let out a big belch, and I wondered if he had a gas problem. The problem seems to be more food related than anything, but like you, we're limping along with not much help from the vet. The vet HAS in the past suggested giving him an antacid, and/or a snack at bedtime, and at another visit, when Joey had been sticking his tongue out a lot, thought it might be due to either discomfort or pain, including possibly dental pain. I am really working the food angle now, and about to try a new food (Canine Caviar, which I've heard is good for dogs with a sensitive stomach). Until it comes, I am adding a bit of brown rice to each meal, and feeding Joey a small bit of kibble and rice pre-bed. I also bought some Gas-X and some Pepcid and use that on occasion.
I have tried home-cooking, although obviously there are lots of variables there, so maybe I just need to try another home cooked recipe. It's very frustrating to me because Joey licks his paws and we've never figured out whether it's due to allergies (food or inhaled or contact or all 3) or what, and I have to be careful with what I feed him.
Anyway, I didn't mean to ramble on like this, but was so flabbergasted to see your post after all this time that I read it with interest. It is really a strange thing about the breakfast working - and also a strange thing about your latest setback.
Good luck. It sounds like you don't think food is involved, but I might still try working the food angle, or possibly try probiotics, or a snack at night, or Gas-X (someone I know got that rec from a vet, so assume it's OK, although I don't know the dosage for dogs.) Could your bedroom be too warm, or too cold, or too dry? (Got a humidifier?) What does he sleep on at night versus day - could he be allergic to his bed? My email is firstname.lastname@example.org - if you ever figure this thing out, I'd appreciate hearing about it, as my endless detective work is still ongoing and Joey's symptoms are so similar to Koo's. I feel your pain - both financial (was it VCA or Cats & Dogs??) and mental. At least I sleep fairly well, as there's no panting involved, just mostly swallowing for a few minutes and changing positions a lot (which to me might suggest acid reflux). -Ruth
Edited by author Mon Oct 15, '12 5:04pm PST
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