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What does it mean when my dog is excessively licking his nose

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What does it mean when my dog is excessively licking his nose and drooling? He seems to have lost energy, but is eating, drinking and urinating.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 6 years ago.
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Is there any discharge FROM THE NOSE?

How much does he weigh?

Customer: replied 6 years ago.


I haven't noticed any unusual discharge from the nose. It isn't unusual for his nose to run from time to time.


He is a 104 lb golden retriever. He has a very large frame and his regular vet has asked us to get him under 100 lbs.

Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 6 years ago.
One possible cause for this is nausea. Pepcid A/C (famotidine) can be safely used to reduce stomach acid formation and stomach upset. You can purchase this over the counter and give 20mg every 12 hours.

If that does not work - the other reasonable cause would be an allergy. For this you can try over the counter Benadryl (Diphenhydramine). 75mg every 8-12 hours.

I would try one first, then the other if it doesnt work as if you use both at the same time it will be hard to know which one actually worked!
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The above is given for information only. Although I am a licensed veterinarian, I cannot legally prescribe medicines or diagnose your pet's condition without performing a physical exam. If you have concerns about your pet I would highly advise contacting your regular veterinarian.
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