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My dog suddenly starting licking everything, carpet couch

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My dog suddenly starting licking everything, carpet couch everything. He won't stop. Took him outside he was licking and eating grass. Came back in he puked then went back to licking carpet. Should I let him eat more grass to help upset stomach or should I be more concerned?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today. I do apologize that your question was not answered before. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online, read about your wee one’s situation, and wanted to help.

Based on his signs (licking, grass eating, vomiting, etc), your lad is telling us that he has severe nausea. Now letting him keep eating grass is not ideal, since it is their way of triggering vomiting in response to not feeling well. Instead, as long as you are sure he hasn't eaten anything harmful, you can try to soothe his stomach at this point.

To start, you can treat him with an antacid. Dog safe options we could use here are Pepcid (More Info/Dose @http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/famotidine-pepcid)or Zantac (More Info/Dose @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/ranitidine-hcl-zantac).These are usually given 20 minutes before offering food (to allow absorption)and of course you want to double check with your vet before use if your wee one has any pre-existing health issues or is on any medications you haven't mentioned.

Once he is more steady on his stomach, you can consider offering a light diet option for a few days.Examples of an easily digestible diet include cooked white rice with boiled chicken, boiled white fish, scrambled egg, or meat baby food (as long as its free from garlic or onion powder). Ideally, we want to offer this as small frequent meals to keep the stomach settled.

Overall, his signs are suggestive of nausea and upper GI upset. We need to tread with care here if there is any chance he has ingested something non-edible or toxic. Otherwise, we can try the above at this point and keep a close eye. Though if he doesn't settle in 12-24 hours, then GI bugs and pancreatitis would also be concerns and we'd want a check with his vet as further treatment (ie injectable anti-vomiting medication, antibiotics, etc) may be needed to get him back to normal.

I hope this information is helpful.

If you need any additional information, do not hesitate to ask!

All the best,

Dr. B.

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