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Something weird Buddie did, that I've never experienced

Lillie May

Good Dog
Around 11pm I was putting the food bowls down, and Buddie sat down licking his lips. He seemed unable to stop. I gave him a minute or two and he kept doing it. I checked his mouth as he had been chewing on an antler, but nothing was in there. I checked his eyes, I was thinking seizure at this point. They were ok. He wasn't gagging or in distress except he acted like the licking was bothering him. He stopped after 5 minutes or so, but he didn't eat. Buddie never misses a meal!

I'm not fussing over it, but I've never seen anything like it before. I'm curious what it may have been. Any thoughts?
 

Lillie May

Good Dog
No, they eat at 2:30 pm and 11pm. They're on my schedule. No, no drooling. He acted scared. For instance when I stood in front of him to observe his face, he stood up and came to my side. He was looking around a lot, but not spaced out. It was weird and that's why I'm curious about it.
 

kady05

Krypto Super Dog
Could've hurt a tooth while chewing on the antler, causing the discomfort (licking) and not wanting to eat. Have you offered any food since?
 

Lillie May

Good Dog
Ok, because if it happens again I'll take him in. The video will show what he was doing. No, nothing but the lip licking and him being bothered it wouldn't stop. He tried laying down but it continued, so he sat up. Then he sat on my feet, I tried rubbing his throat, his jowls, nothing. He stopped after 5 straight minutes.

Then instead of eating, he went to the couch and made his pillow fort. It's something he does when he gets nervous. He went to sleep, but I kept an eye on him. Weird huh? I've never seen a dog do that. I've had 2 dogs that had seizures, so that was my worry. They had different symptoms & their eyes got glossy.
 

Lillie May

Good Dog
Lol, no. I'm really good in emergencies and such. It's something he does like if Molly chases him away. He jumps on the couch, takes all the pillows, arranges them so he's surrounded, then throws himself down makes a hmmph noise.

I just took them out like we do every morning before bed. I picked up the tug and he played fine. I gave them a cookie & one of Boogie's liver treats. He ate them both, acting fine now. But I'm going to take a good hard look at his teeth when we get up. I'll update later tonight. Thanks for the ideas and input!
 

Jazzy

GRCH Dog
Veronica did something like that a few months after her surgery. It happened twice and then never again. It was a couple of years ago - but I do believe she took treats while it was happening...

I was thinking maybe she was nauseous - so excess saliva and lip licking - like when you're going to throw up but not quite.

Of course I also panicked and googled (which is an excellent combination - I highly recommend it - no sarcasm here) and I found this bizarre phenomenon that seemed to fit too...then it never happened again.

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Lillie May

Good Dog
My husband said maybe he had a sliver or bit down too hard hurting a tooth. I looked at his teeth, and I couldn't find anything broken or cracked. He's been fine all day & night, ate both bowls of food. I'll keep a watch of course, but I'm leaning towards what my husband said.

Jazzy, I would NEVER google it, or jump on the forum to ask while it was happening! We know when to take them in, then ask questions here. No googling.....lol!
 

Jazzy

GRCH Dog
He wasn't showing any signs of nausea. Have you seen this before in nausea? Thanks, I'm hoping it was an isolated event too.

Excess saliva and hence lip licking can be a sign of nausea.

I know this because I googled it when V. had her episode and I was panicking - and actually my first thought was seizure.

And then I had some personal experience with peri-menopusal cramps that were so painful they made me nauseous...and I can totally vouch for the whole excessive salivation being the precursor to yacking syndrome - but I suspect that's TMI :grin:
 

Lillie May

Good Dog
Excess saliva and hence lip licking can be a sign of nausea.

I know this because I googled it when V. had her episode and I was panicking - and actually my first thought was seizure.

And then I had some personal experience with peri-menopusal cramps that were so painful they made me nauseous...and I can totally vouch for the whole excessive salivation being the precursor to yacking syndrome - but I suspect that's TMI :grin:
No excess saliva, just the lip licking. That's why I found it odd, he showed no other symptoms. I think that's what had me baffled. I don't panic during emergencies, medical background training. After it's over, then I get the shakes or have a mitral valve episode! But I'm cool during an incident.

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Cesar will lick his lips/front leg when he has heart burn, a VERY common symptom as he gets heart burn whenever he eats chicken or eats anything with sugar in it (like the other day he snatched a full bag of gummie bears off the bedside table)

But yeah constant lip licking, swallowing, slight vomiting in the mouth is often caused by heart burn
some times with bad case of heart burn, Cesar will want to eat grass obsessivly because hte acid goes up into the throat causing him to want to swallow it back down.
 

Lillie May

Good Dog
All this is so good to know! Because I've always had dogs & have never seen it before. Don't get me wrong, I do realize there are tons of things I've never dealt with. Once you see a new one though, it makes you wonder. I must admit to being hyper-vigilant with my dogs, they can't tell you they don't feel good.
 

MMSmith

Good Dog
Both of my dogs will lick their lips and show aversion to food (they are normally total food monsters) when they are nauseous. It's happened a couple of times to both of them over the years. My Amstaff will also drool and salivate excessively, but my hound mix only does the lip licking.
 

Lillie May

Good Dog
Both of my dogs will lick their lips and show aversion to food (they are normally total food monsters) when they are nauseous. It's happened a couple of times to both of them over the years. My Amstaff will also drool and salivate excessively, but my hound mix only does the lip licking.
Yep, he never misses a meal and I'd call him a food monster too. I'm happy to know the potential reasons for it because this was a new one for me. MM how is Rhys' name pronounced?

As always, thanks for all your input! :thankUsmiley:
 

MMSmith

Good Dog
Yep, he never misses a meal and I'd call him a food monster too. I'm happy to know the potential reasons for it because this was a new one for me. MM how is Rhys' name pronounced?

As always, thanks for all your input! :thankUsmiley:

It's pronounced "Reese". I went with the traditional Welsh spelling just to be a little unique :) His name means 'enthusiasm', which is quite fitting!!