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My cocker spaniel is licking everything blankets rugs and

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My cocker spaniel is licking everything blankets rugs and not stopping. He had water earlier ?
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 5 months ago.

Hello and welcome,

This is just a quick note to let you know that I am locked on to your question and am working on it now.

I am a small animal vet with many years experience with dogs and rest assured I will do my best to answer your question to your satisfaction today. You can expect a written reply sometime within the next five to ten minutes or so.

We also have the option to talk things over by telephone or via an internet service such as Skype. Please get back to me if this is more convenient for you. { There is a small extra charge for phone calls }

Regards,

Dr Scott

Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 5 months ago.

Hello again

Sorry to hear your spaniel is acting unusually, however I have worked out an answer for you below ...

In my experience when you see a dog licking everything in a compulsive sort of way it usually means that the dog is feeling nauseous and there may be a bout of vomiting and / or diarrhoea on the way. This rarely a serious sort of situation but of course this sort of thing is always a gamble so if symptoms continue and you want to be 100% sure you are doing the right thing you should have a vet check him over without delay.

That said that there are a number of home remedies which some owners use in this sort of situation while waiting for their vet's appointment. These can often work well for uncomplicated cases of nausea and gastric problems. Here are some examples ...

1. I am aware that some owners use Pepto-Bismol to treat their dogs with nausea and report success. Here is a link to a web page which has all the information you might need including dose rates : LINK

2. Some owners try and control the situation with diet alone before they try anything else. This is logical and often works, the basis of this is to give the intestinal tract a complete rest and then bring it back slowly to function, resting the alimentary tract is the critical factor. It would go something like this ...

A. Starve him for 24 hours but make sure he has access to water.

B. The next day feed him four or five small light meals in the day. These meals should be the likes of chicken, fish, scrambled egg etc. with a little rice.

C. If he picks up on this diet gradually reintroduce his normal diet over the next few days.

3. Live yogurt added to the food or given orally can often help. Some gastro-enteritis situations are caused by an imbalance in the bacteria in your dog's gut. Live yogurt is full of " good " bacteria and will seed them into your dog's intestinal tract and restore the balance. A tablespoon twice a day would be enough for a Cocker Spaniel.

Of course if any of the above does not quickly start to work or if he deteriorates further in any way you should have your vet check him over just to be on the safe side. Also I should be available online for you the next four or five hours today so please do not hesitate to get straight back to me if your dog's condition changes in any way or you would like to talk things over with me further.

Regards,

Dr Scott

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Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 5 months ago.

Hello again,

I am just checking back in to see how your Cocker Spaniel is getting on after our recent dialogue concerning the licking incident ...

Please get back to me and let me know how things are going.

Regards,

Dr Scott

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Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 5 months ago.
Hi,

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

Dr Scott Nimmo