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Suddenly licking the ground and drinking water JA: I'll do

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Suddenly licking the ground and drinking water
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is wrong with the dog?
Customer: As above
JA: Where does the dog seem to hurt?
Customer: No where. Just constant licking and drinking water
JA: Can you see anything that looks wrong or different?
Customer: No. Just the licking behavior. We're at a friends house. It's a new envronment
JA: OK. Nothing visually obvious. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Joey. Age 4
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Joey?
Customer: He sounds slightly wheezy.
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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! I am so sorry to hear your dog is showing these signs which are often associated with nausea in dogs. First, please remove the water. If there is continued active licking we want to minimize anything orally to stop the nausea and abdominal cramping which can result in vomiting. I know the thought is he needs to drink to maintain hydration but if he is actively showing these symptoms even water he is at risk for progressing to vomitingIf there is no improvement then please consider having your dog seen by a veterinarian sooner rather than later. They can give injectable medications to bypass the intestinal tract and hopefully get the nausea under control 1- Keep indoors to avoid eating grass/ leaves until morning and take on a nice long walk tonight which helps reduce nausea2- Offer a small amount of water (1-2 teaspoons hourly) for a few hours in the morning to test the stomach3- Start Pepcid (famotidine) 0.25 mg/ pound every 12 hours OR prilosec (omeprazole) 0.5 mg/ pound daily for the next 3 days with the second administration of water (crushed if needed)4-If no vomiting and no recurrence of symptoms, offer small amount of white rice and boiled boneless or ground chicken or ground beef. For example, one tablespoon hourly for a few hours then slowly start to increase the amount while reducing the frequency. Keep on this diet for several days then wean into regular diet. 5- If vomiting continues after doing the above, I would encourage having your family veterinarian perform an examination to determine the next step to getting Joey comfortable and what exactly the underlying cause is. Indications your dog should be seen by a veterinary er sooner include: sticky gums that are pale, yellow, blue, purple, temperature rectally >103.5, progressive lethargy with less responsiveness to you, vomiting or diarrhea that includes blood, resting respiratory rate (breaths per minute) >60, swollen abdomen. Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance to you both todayIf you have more questions or if I can help in any other way, please do not hesitate to ask! If you would like to accept my answer, please press RATE OUR CONVERSATION (I am not compensated in any other way). Bonuses are always welcome. Thanks!If you have additional questions after you rate the question, you are welcome to request me for additional conversations if I am on-line or by beginning your question "Dr. Altman..." or "Dogdoc4u..." and others will leave the questions for me. Good luck to you both!!
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.
I am online another 10 minutes to assist you if you have any additional questions
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.
Good morning, I wanted to check n on Joey to see how he did last night after you asked your question? I would love an update when you are able... Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance to you both today! If you are satisfied with our chat please rate or accept with the stars on the top of your screen so I may be compensated for my time. If you are having any difficulties you can also state your rating (excellent, good, fair) in our chat as an alternative. Thank you!
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.
Hi Kanoe,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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