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My dog woke up antsy and can't seem to sit still. Keeps stretching

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my dog woke up antsy and can't seem to sit still. Keeps stretching alot. Normal bowel . Stretches alot. Allergy?
Submitted: 7 months ago via Dog-Health-Guide.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 7 months ago.
Hello, I'm Dr. Deb and will do my best to help you today. I'm sorry for this concern for your dog but I'm not certain that I think allergies would explain this behavior, although I suppose I could understand why you might think this was the problem.If he's stretching and assuming what we call the "prayer position"...where his front is down but his rear is raised....then he may be experiencing some sort of gastrointestinal distress or pain.There could be several different explanations for such behavior which range from gas or possibly a foreign body or pancreatitis or even issues with his spleen; unfortunately, this behavior is not specific to one particular problem. In the absence of other gi issues such as vomiting or diarrhea, though, pancreatitis is less likely. Pepto bismol wasn't a bad choice of drugs to give him although I'm not sure an anti-histamine would be terribly effective other than to perhaps sedate him a bit which was your intention. I'm not sure what dose you used but I typically recommend 1 mg per pound of body weight twice a day.You could give him over the counter anti-gas products such as we would take such as Gas-X or Phazyme or those with Simethicone on the label. The dose is somewhat empiric but typically I suggest about 1/4-1/2 of what we would take. I'm reluctant to advise any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as Aspirin since this may worsen the situation. If he starts to vomit or drool or act a little nauseous, then over the counter Pepcid AC (Famotidine) can be given at a dose of 1/4th mg per pound of body weight twice a day. I'd also suggest that you take you for a long walk to help with intestinal motility. If he is experiencing gas pain, then the movement may help to expel it in which case he should feel much better. If he continues to act this way, however, and/or he won't eat, then a vet visit may be prudent. I hope this helps and that he's feeling better soon. Deb
Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 7 months ago.
Hello again,I'm just following up on your dog. How are things going with him?Deb
Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 7 months ago.
Hi Jim,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Deb