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Old 04-10-2017, 07:16 PM
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Constantly licking lips, licking other surfaces, whining, restless.

This has been going on for about 40 min. More or less since she had dinner. We noticed her licking the door frame and then the floor then the leaves of house plants and She's licking her lips constantly. She also is very restless. This is all very abnormal behavior, I've never seen really any of it before.

At first she didn't seem to want water but has just now started to drink a lot.

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Old 04-10-2017, 07:24 PM
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Possibly she is nauseated, but if it persists, time for a visit to the Vet.
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Old 04-10-2017, 07:41 PM
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She just ate her kibble, same as every day. She doesn't eat trash or other stuff off the floor. She hasn't vomited or dry heaved. The lick lipping is really what is making me wonder. I've never seen her do something like this.

Heres a quick video I shot just now please take a look

https://youtu.be/fV3HIAVes7c


Is there a usual reason that dogs lick their lips?

She's almost 2 years old and could be coming up on her 3rd heat around this time (her first started on 4/21 last year), if that could be a factor. Since she's a big girl I've always got bloat in the back of my mind despite her young age.

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Ours used to get car sick virtually every time we took her In the car. She would lick very similarly as she became more and more nauseated. We quickly learned, when she would drool and lick like that, a full blown car sickness episode was sure to happen soon. My best guess, is nausea, but again that's my unprofessional guess.
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Ok whatever it was it seems to have passed. I think it was gas.

We took her the yard to poop, she strained and strained but couldn't get anything other than a tiny tiny speck out instead of her normal horse-like affair. (she usually won't even squat unless she has to go so it was weird) but maybe she passed some gas. She also let out an audible belch while we were in the yard. That was like 20 min ago and she has seemed to go back to normal. Not restless and pacing, but between playful and sedentary like usual. No more licking and her stomach is noticeably softer to the touch (earlier it was rock hard).

So looks like it was just some gas and I'm a lot less stressed than I was a little while ago. So here's the question how do you recognize actual bloat and know to call the emergency vet vs regular gas/constipation that may be causing discomfort but will pass on its own?
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Glad it passed.
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Glad she is better, but whatever it was, or is, keep an eye on her. If she has more episodes, I would suggest calling your Vet. If she doesn't, I guess you can write it off to an isolated episode, no harm, no foul. I have zero experience with animal bloat, so I can be of no help there, sorry.
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The licking of lips could be that she's in pain for future reference. That's what the vet told us when we took our dog to the emergency clinic over her disc.
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