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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My dog constantly licks the air and has terrible breath, we

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my dog constantly licks the air and has terrible breath
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Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

Air licking is highly suggestive of gastrointestinal distress and so your dog's halitosis might well be due to gastroesophageal reflux (acid reflux, GERD, hearburn). I would see how an over the counter antacid such as famotidine (Pepcid) dosed at 0.25 mg/lb twice daily affects your dog. Alternatively, omeprazole (Prilosec) dosed at 10 mg (small dog) or 20 mg (large dog) daily affects your dog. Ideally, the etiology of the distress should be clarified. This might involve diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests as well as a hypoallergenic food trial and/or ultrasound of your dog's GI tract.

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