Is there any chance he got into garbage or something he shouldn't have? My boxer ate a pacifier, and it got stuck in her small intestine and she acted normal-including playing, for the week leading up to emergency surgery. My dog didn't get lethargic until it was critical and she dropped over groaning. Not trying to scare you, just looking for ideas. I don't know what kind of relationship you have with your vet, but if it were me, I would probably go in and get xrays just to be sure. Can you get something to relieve the gas and nausea? I use the baby gas drops (used them last night) when I start to hear the gurgling and it seems to cut it off at the pass.View Thread
Thanks for posting, a number of us check in regularly. No, we don't know what causes it which I think why we are all here- trying to get answers. My own dog hasn't had an episode since we switched to a high protein diet.View Thread
Usually when I have a dog that starts eating paper/odd things in a frantic manner I take them outside and if they do the same thing with grass then I usually give Hydrogen Peroxide to induce vomiting- and that has always stopped the symptoms- but I don't know if it;s expelling the gas or whatever is in the stomach too. (I've had other dogs act like your gsd Karilc a mastiff, bloodhound, st bernie mix etc and it was a one time thing) and it is what I initially thought with my boxer/shepherd mix and it did help, but the gulping continues. I still use the simethecone drops- some times it's every night, then she can go for weeks without an episode. I have spent all the money, and done all the tests with no results or answers. I know what works for her for now, and keeping her calm to get her throughView Thread
That sounds exactly like my girl (different mix but same body build) in many ways. Since my previous posts she's been xrayed and we even had exploratory surgery for something unrelated, but the vet checked every inch of her digestive tract and found no abnormalities. The only thing I find that helps is to immediately give Simethecone drops- baby gas drops, she's 55 lbs and I give her a full baby dose and then try and soothe her. With my girl it seems to be exacerbated by stress or excitedness. She then is able to expel any air she gulped in and is far more comfortable.View Thread
Update: Based on what I read here, when she started gulping last night I gave her simethicone drops (the baby kind since I had it) and it caused her to belch and then pass a significant amount of gas. Also, I used the accupressure points as described here:http://www.iwane.org/acp_point_v2.htm Thirdly, I did my best to keep her calm. I talked low, slow, lots of slow, long, pets. I kept her on a leash over night in the bed so I could keep her close and wake up as needed. It really seems like i can sort of "cut them off at the pass" if I start the calming right away. In addition to it happening in the middle of the night, it seems to also be triggered by excitement or anxiety. I did not let her go out and eat grass, and she has not thrown up. I did notice her throat muscles seem tight and tense as she's gulping, so massaged that area too. I will report to my vet on Monday am and see what he says.View Thread
Wow. Like one of the other posters, I found this looking for answers for my own pup. She just started having this problem six days ago. A trip to the vet revealed nothing, and no explanation of what was happening after a considerable sum. The only info was her intestinal tract was full of gas. I have been trying to observe and find factors for episodes. Late at night and high stress situations seem to be a factor. She too is a somewhat high strung dog. I have four others and they are all fine. She runs and plays and has a great time, but then starts gulping and trying to eat everything in sight in order to throw up. Once she throws up, totally fine. I am not convinced it is not food intolerance. The vet put her on ID and so far in 24 hours no more vomiting, but she's still gulping. It appears that I can distract her from the behavior sometimes. I am glad to see I am not the only one, but it doesn't seem hopeful that so many of us have no answers.View Thread
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