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Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!There are two possibilities as to why Hudson is doing the swallowing and lip licking- Nausea which dogs will lick lips, increased salivation, eat grass, sometimes have a gurgling stomach. Pepcid (famotidine) 0.25 mg per pound every 12 hours will help reduce this behavior and hopefully get him feeling better- Allergies can also cause this, in particular a post nasal drip that causes spasms in the larynx and therefore the uncontrolled swallowing. When swallowing like this it increases air in the stomach and leads to nausea or gi upset. Benadryl 1 mg/ pound every 8 hours will help reduce this along with trying to lower his head during an episode (often their inclination is to raise their head) to allow the drips to come out the nose versus down the throat.So I would try first the benadryl which may sedate mildly but will help it if is allergy related and if there is no change within a few hours try the pepcid to see if this is effective in stopping the behavior. I also would videotape it so that if there is no resolution you have something for your veterinarian to evaluate tomorrow.Please let me know if you have any additional questions I can assist with today!
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