Dog Veterinary

Ask a dog vet and get answers to your dog health questions

Ask a Dog Veterinarian,
Get an Answer ASAP!

This answer was rated:

All of a sudden my 22 pound beagle just started gagging

Hi Pearl, all of...

Hi Pearl, all of a sudden my 22 pound beagle just started gagging non-stop and keeps licking her lips and and licking the carpet etc looking for relief. I don't know what to do. She has not vomited yet.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. Hopefully it didn't make a mess. Did the beagle eat anything unusual?

She found a chicken bone on the ground when I took her out 2 hours ago but i was able to remove it from her mouth in full. That was 2 hours ago, this behavior just started about 10 min ago.

Veterinarian's Assistant: What is the beagle's name and age?

Olive, 4-5 years old. We just rescued her 6 weeks ago. And she was just at the vet yesterday for shots.

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Olive?

She's in good health, just needs a dental cleaning.

Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Answered in 10 minutes by:
9/21/2017
Dr Scott Nimmo
Dr Scott Nimmo, Dog Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 22,190
Experience: BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }
Verified

Hi,I'm Dr Scott. Welcome to JustAnswer, I am working on your question now, you can expect a written reply sometime within the next ten minutes or so.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 10 months ago
Seems like maybe she is nauseous? She had a little bit of water when it first started happening. Do you recommend giving her bread and Pepcid?

Hello again,

When a dog suddenly starts to gag and compulsively lick everything it can get a hold of then in my experience it usually means that the dog is feeling nauseous and you will perhaps have a bout of vomiting and / or diarrhoea on the way. But of course this sort of thing is always a gamble so if you want to be 100% sure you are doing the right thing you should have a vet check Olive 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 work well for uncomplicated cases where for example a dog has eaten something she should not have out in the yard, or had some unaccustomed rich foodstuff, or has a minor tummy bug.

Here are some examples :

1. I am aware that some owners use Pepcid to treat their dogs with gastro-enteritis 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 her for 24 hours but make sure she has access to water.

B. The next day feed her 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 she picks up on this diet gradually reintroduce her normal diet over the next few days.

3. Live yogurt added to the food 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. You do not need to give much, a teaspoon twice a day is fine for smaller breeds ranging up to two tablespoons twice a day for larger dogs.

Of course if any of the above does not quickly start to work or if she deteriorates further in any way you should have your vet check her over just to be on the safe side. But in any case 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 Olive's condition changes in any way or you would like to talk things over with me further.

Regards,

Dr Scott
Please be kind enough to rate my service to you after we have concluded our dialogue. Such feedback helps me maintain the quality of my answers.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 10 months ago
Here is a video of Olive: https://www.icloud.com/attachment/?u=https%3A%2F%2Fcvws.icloud-content.com%2FB%2FAWshvwd7Y3CZxhIizIjmbw1hFrxeAamwqqaHK-3DANOcQNckv7Rx_u1b%2F%24%7Bf%7D%3Fo%3DApcO0MwZv3-OcA3mlZ6p5PcipVT4f6LX7fBIaIxSC2xj%26v%3D1%26x%3D3%26a%3DBa5IOhitpJd9AwagPgEA_wHIAP8f-aZj%26e%3D1508555844%26k%3D%24%7Buk%7D%26fl%3D%26r%3D10CB83B3-6E99-4566-9625-225B2D4923A8-1%26ckc%3Dcom.apple.largeattachment%26ckz%3D1B3BFAA6-3433-45A5-AB5E-F4C4EB80171D%26p%3D31%26s%3DIpdoxTKXyAYKQ4J8Bva_n8vIB-I&uk=ISEYIXnwZRCQcvo2rC_gdA&f=IMG_3341.MOV&sz=60204715How much Pepcid should I give her? She is 22 pounds. Would it be a good idea for me to take her out too to see if she has to go number 2?

Just trying to view the video, thanks.

For your size of dog around 0.5 mg per pound of bodyweight should be OK, this works out as say 10 mg given twice a day orally.

Regards,

Dr Scott
Please be kind enough to rate my service to you after we have concluded our dialogue. Such feedback helps me maintain the quality of my answers.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question

Sorry, cannot view the video, not playing this end. Not a bad idea to take her out and see what she does, just keep an eye on her in every way.

Regards,

Dr Scott
Please be kind enough to rate my service to you after we have concluded our dialogue. Such feedback helps me maintain the quality of my answers.

Dr Scott Nimmo
Dr Scott Nimmo, Dog Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 22,190
Experience: BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }
Verified
Dr Scott Nimmo and 87 other Dog Veterinary Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Customer reply replied 10 months ago
I took her out and all she did was try to eat grass. I did give her a Pepcid and some dampened white bread "meatballs" and she took that just fine and had some water. She is still licking her lips and such but not has frequently as before thank goodness. Do you think I can feed her plain white rice and plain chicken in the morning, or should I wait a full 24 hours before feeding her? Thanks so much!
Customer reply replied 10 months ago
How do I know if it's just nausea or if it's actually something more dangerous like bloat?

Well see how she is tomorrow morning, if she appears a lot better then you could try her with a small amount of chicken and rice and see how it goes.

Hopefully this is just stomach upset and nausea but with bloat you would be seeing a discernible and continuing distension of the stomach, if you think this may be happening then get herr to an ER vet very quickly, however bloat is quite rare but upset stomachs of various sorts are very common in the dog.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question

I should be about online for a while yet so you can always get back to me if anything changes ...

Regards,

Dr Scott

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 10 months ago
Thank you so much. I now recall giving her 2 teaspoons of gelato after her 8pm walk to help her cool down. Perhaps that's the cause? Although my other 2 dogs are just fine and they had it too.

Could be the reason ...

But keep a good eye on her.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 9 months ago
Hi Dr. Scott, Olive seems better today but still has the "cough/hack" if you will every 20-30 minutes or so. She isn't spitting anything up. She isn't trying to eat grass. In fact, her stool is totally normal. I gave her another Pepcid wrapped in bread "meatballs" this morning. I am going to feed her some white rice and plain chicken now....what do you think is causing her to still cough? She hasn't been exposed to sick dogs....my other 2 dogs are just fine.

Sorry for the late reply, I am in a different time zone to you and have just logged on first thing this morning ...

How is she doing at the moment, still hacking ?

Regards,

Dr Scott

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 9 months ago
Hi Dr., she actually pooped out a big piece of thread and is as good as new now, phew! Thank you for all your help - you are wonderful!

Brilliant! Good result ...

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Hi,

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

Dr Scott Nimmo
Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a dog veterinarianLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask Dr Scott Nimmo Your Own Question
Dr Scott Nimmo
Dr Scott Nimmo
Dr Scott Nimmo, Dog Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 22,190
22,190 Satisfied Customers
Experience: BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }

Dr Scott Nimmo is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found "JustAnswer" on my Google search -- you are now in my "Favorites" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete!

Bev & GeorgeBoca Raton, FL

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Dr. Debbie

Dr. Debbie

Dog Veterinarian

904 satisfied customers

Companion animal veterinarian practicing for over 10 years.

Dr. Andy

Dr. Andy

Medical Director

16,416 satisfied customers

UC Davis graduate, emphasis in dermatology, internal medicine, pain management

Dr Scott Nimmo

Dr Scott Nimmo

Dog Veterinarian

22,190 satisfied customers

BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }

Dr. Gary

Dr. Gary

Dog Veterinarian

10,086 satisfied customers

DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)

Dr. Bruce

Dr. Bruce

Veterinarian

9,682 satisfied customers

15 years of experience as a small animal veterinarian

Dr. Scott

Dr. Scott

Veterinarian

9,615 satisfied customers

15 years of small animal, equine and pocket pet medicine and surgery.

Rebecca

Rebecca

Dog Veterinarian

8,719 satisfied customers

More than 30 years of companion animal practice.

< Previous | Next >

Related Dog Veterinary Questions
My dog is throwing up and licking her lips. She vomited
My dog is throwing up and licking her lips. She vomited several times, all her dinner. It looks like she ate several different types of plants. She is gagging and has dry heaves. … read more
Dr. Peter
Dr. Peter
Doctors Degree
14,327 satisfied customers
My beagle ate 12 large corn tostadas. Her stomach is
My beagle ate 12 large corn tostadas. Her stomach is swollen. Should I take her to the ER? Thank you … read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinary Degree (BVMS)
3,481 satisfied customers
My dog has been moving slowly today and does not seem
My dog has been moving slowly today and does not seem herself. She ate breakfast this morning but has been very lethargic and unsettled. … read more
Kelly Hill
Kelly Hill
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
600 satisfied customers
My dog just began acting frantic. Started biting/nipping at
My dog just began acting frantic. Started biting/nipping at the carpet and is now outside frantically eating grass. … read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinary Degree (BVMS)
3,481 satisfied customers
He won't eat he is diabetic I just got him out of the vets
he won't eat he is diabetic I just got him out of the vets office Friday that evening he ate some boiled chicken but nothing siince … read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinary Degree (BVMS)
3,481 satisfied customers
She's whining like shes in pain but i dont see and marks on
she's whining like shes in pain but i dont see and marks on her. but when i touch her back right leg, between the hip and knee she whelps in real pain. shes walking fine and can still get up onto the … read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinary Degree (BVMS)
3,481 satisfied customers
My dog Lucy is a 3.5 year old beagle. Today she started
Hi, My dog Lucy is a 3.5 year old beagle. Today she started sneezing a lot and licking her lips. The sneezing subsided but she is still licking her lips/nose a lot and is excessively drooling. I thoug… read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinary Degree (BVMS)
3,481 satisfied customers
My dog is sneezing and running around licking the carpet. I
My dog is sneezing and running around licking the carpet. I let him outside and he began licking the ground. Is this likely due to an upset stomach? … read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinary Degree (BVMS)
3,481 satisfied customers
I have a small breed dog (Havanese) and her belly is a bit
Hey. I have a small breed dog (Havanese) and her belly is a bit harder than normal and she is breathing about twice as fast as normal. She yelped when I tried to pick her up and seems to be in discomf… read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinary Degree (BVMS)
3,481 satisfied customers
Morning pearl I am looking after a cockerpoo who loves her
Morning pearl I am looking after a cockerpoo who loves her food but yesterday was very lethargic and off her food. The day before had been sick so just gave her rice and chicken. She did eat but very … read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinary Degree (BVMS)
3,481 satisfied customers
My dog ate two plastic zippers. Should I take him to the
My dog ate two plastic zippers. Should I take him to the vet? … read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinary Degree (BVMS)
3,481 satisfied customers
My min pin won't come out from behind the couch she
My min pin won't come out from behind the couch she won't let me near her and she keeps looking up shaking her head side to side she won't drink she won't eat and I don't have an emergency vet… read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinary Degree (BVMS)
3,481 satisfied customers
My dog Ginger is a 3 year old rescue who we adopted about
Hi -- my dog Ginger is a 3 year old rescue who we adopted about 2 months ago. She's a very relaxed dog usually. About an hour ago she started licking the carpet/her lips and has been restless. She als… read more
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara
Doctoral Degree
5,412 satisfied customers
Our Beagle has become bloated very quickly, over the space
Our Beagle has become bloated very quickly, over the space off 6 hours , but she had the left overs off a cauliflower dish and some other food this morning she has been poohing regularly and peeing re… read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinary Degree (BVMS)
3,481 satisfied customers
My dog started having these weird throat spasms about 20-30
My dog started having these weird throat spasms about 20-30 min after eating dinner. We thought it was just hiccups, but I only notice it in the throat. Can't see/feel any movement in his diaphragm. H… read more
Dr. Gary
Dr. Gary
Dog Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
10,086 satisfied customers
our beagle mix has episodes where she is obsessed with eating
our beagle mix has episodes where she is obsessed with eating her hair and fuzz until she gags. she cant stop gagging and hacking up hair. This causes her to pant and hick up in a strange way that las… read more
Dr. Gabby
Dr. Gabby
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
4,408 satisfied customers
dog: coughing, trying to vomit, throat spasm..licking..emergency vet
my dog is 8 years old with sudden onset of coughing, trying to vomit, throat spasm, and licking the carpet. she has had this event occur before, always at night and was seen at the emergency vet in th… read more
Dr. Gene
Dr. Gene
Veterinarian, Chief of Staff
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
1,975 satisfied customers
my dog starting licking the carpet non stop about two hours
my dog starting licking the carpet non stop about two hours ago. She's thrown up three times and keeps having some type of gagging reflect going on… read more
PetVet86
PetVet86
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
36 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x