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My dog, Hudson has been constantly swallowing repeatedly

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Hello, my dog, Hudson has been constantly swallowing repeatedly throughout the day. He has also been drinking plenty of water. He seems to be in no pain and has been eating normally and regularly. His behavior has not changed besides the swallowing and licking of his lips in between.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

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.

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

I am glad to see you were able to view my responses earlier.

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about Hudson. How is everything going?
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