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Standard Poodle, 8 yo. recent surgery [CrCL repair] now

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Standard Poodle, 8 yo...

Standard Poodle, 8 yo. recent surgery [CrCL repair] now licks tongue frequently for minutes at a time.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. What is the matter with the poodle?

Recent surgery [CrCL repair] now licks tongue frequently for minutes at a time.

Veterinarian's Assistant: Where does the poodle seem to hurt?

No pin is evident

Veterinarian's Assistant: Can you see anything that looks wrong or different?

No -- norma behavior, appetite, etc. except for licking

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

Blue 8 yo.

Submitted: 1 month ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 month ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 month ago

Can you clarify for me if Blue is thrusting her tongue in and out repeatedly, or, instead, is licking her face, inanimate objects, and perhaps people? Is Blue currently being administered any drugs?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
No drugs now. Licking is just sticking his tongue out and 'licking' it back in, no hurry, but continuous when he is doing it. Cannot identify any precipitating events; not after eating, chewing bone, etc.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 month ago

Thank you. I need you to carefully look inside Blue's oral cavity for foreign material stuck between his teeth, evidence of dental disease (erythema/redness, swelling), or mucous membrane changes. If you can't identify these things, consider gastrointestinal distress in the form of cramping, nausea, or gastroesophageal reflux (GERD, acid reflux, heartburn) which might be addressed with an over the counter antacid such as famotidine (Pepcid) dosed at 0.25 mg per pound of body weight at 12 hour intervals. Please let me know what you find.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Thank you; vet examined Blue after he had started licking [for a different problem] and commented on how good his teeth looked, so I don't think that's the problem. Will try antacid. Problem is a nuisance, not a health problem, but I would like to get it solved.Thanks. KEH
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 month ago

You're welcome, KEH. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience. You can bookmark this page for ease of return.

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