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My dog is acting like he has hiccups and is excessively licking

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My dog is acting like he has hiccups and is excessively licking the floor and our carpet tonight?
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 9 months 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. Just like people, we can see hiccups in dogs come and go without having any sinister cause. That said, if Stu is licking the carpet, I would be most suspicious of nausea playing a role here. Therefore, as long as he hasn't had access to anything toxic, we can try to soothe his stomach. To do so, you can try him with an antacid. Common OTC pet safe options would be:Pepcid (More Info/Dose @http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/famotidine-pepcid), Zantac (More Info/Dose @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/ranitidine-hcl-zantac), or Tagamet (More Info/Dose Here @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/cimetidine-hcl-tagamet)Whichever you choose, we’d give this 20 minutes before offering food to allow absorption. Of course, do double check with your vet if he has a known health issues or is on any medications you haven't mentioned. Furthermore, since he is showing signs of gut upset we can also plan to start him on a light/easily digestible diet. Examples you can use are cooked white rice with boiled chicken, boiled white fish, cottage cheese, or scrambled eggs (made with water and not milk). There are also OTC vet diets that can be used (ie Hill’s I/D or Royal Canin’s sensitivity) too. The aim of these diets is that they will be better tolerated/absorbed by the compromised gut. If he just has a bit of benign upset, we'd expect these to get him feeling better. Though if his signs linger, we'd have to be wary of GI infections or dietary indiscretions and in that case may need to have a check with his vet to treat for those as well. Please take care,Dr. B. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------If you have any other questions, please ask me – I’ll be happy to respond. **Afterwards, I would be grateful if you would rate my service by clicking on the "Rate my Expert' button at the top of the page as this is the only way I am credited for helping you. Thank you for your feedback!: )