My dog is licking like crazy, like he's eating peanut butter. He's trying to eat carpet fibers, blanket fibers, end of his tail. He's thrown up a few times and sometimes, bops around like he's being bit on the butt. Very restless?


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John Doe Profile
John Doe answered

Your dog may have an allergy to something, take your dog to the vet to be sure, your dog is obviously uncomfortable, please take the dog to the vet!

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Lynn Blakeman answered
This sounds a little worrying as Bloat can start like this. Bloat is a
life threatening condition, so your dog really does need to be seen by a
vet as soon as possible.

Bloat occurs when food is not properly digested. Gas builds up in the stomach very quickly causing the stomach to blows up literally like a balloon. This stretches the stomach to such an extent that the blood supply to and from the heart is cut off.  The gas trapped inside the stomach is unable to escape.

Dogs displaying symptoms of Bloat will
usually lick their lips/the air, but I have heard cases of them licking
everything in sight. The fact that he's behaving in an unusual way is another symptom, so it's not worth leaving this to chance.

You don't say what breed your dog is, but Bloat is most common in the following breeds:

  • Afghan Hound
  • Airedale Terrier
  • Akita
  • Alaskan Malamute
  • Basset Hound
  • Bernese Mountain Dog
  • Borzoi
  • Bouvier des Flandres
  • Boxer
  • Bullmastiff
  • Chesapeake Bay Retriever
  • Collie
  • Dachshund
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • English Springer Spaniel
  • Fila Brasileiro
  • Golden Retriever
  • Gordon Setter
  • Great Dane
  • German Shepherd
  • German Shorthaired Pointer
  • Great Pyrenees
  • Irish Setter
  • Irish Wolfhound
  • King Shepherd
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Miniature Poodle
  • Newfoundland
  • Old English Sheepdog
  • Pekinese
  • Rottweiler
  • Samoyed
  • Shiloh Shepherd
  • St. Bernard
  • Standard Poodle
  • Weimaraner
  • Wolfhound
  • Sighthounds
  • Bloodhounds

of whether he is in the above list though, there is no point in risking
his life. I know how precious pets are, and I also know how much vets
cost (I had a HUGE vet bill earlier this year that I could ill afford,
but luckily my dog is now fine) so I know there is no point visiting the
vet for every little thing. However, this is one of the times when
needs must.

Let me know how your boy gets on, I hope he is okay.

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