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This morning my dog has been swallowing a lot and salivating

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This morning my dog has been swallowing a lot and salivating and I'm worried. She is a 9 year old wee staffie cross
JA: I'll do all I can to help. The Expert will know if your dog will be able to digest that. Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about your dog?
Customer: She seems to be eating fine. I actually fave her obe of her favourite rawhide sticks to see if she would eat it or had any problems and all fine. Just a bit concerned as my last dog started off with similar problem and found he had pancreatitis

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian & I would like to help you today.

Given the current COVID-19 situation, our vets are handling a lot of sick animals and therefore this can delay our replies. That aside, can you tell me:

Any retching, gagging, or vomiting?

Does she have any sores or red/inflamed areas in her mouth?

Are her gums pink or white/pale? Moist or sticky?

If you press on her belly, any tensing, tenderness, discomfort, or pain?

Any chance something harmful or non-edible (ie bones, toys, plants, chemicals, human meds, etc) was eaten?

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Customer: replied 9 days ago.
Her gums look pink no tenderness when i press her stomach. She doesn't flinch

Hi again,

Given her signs, we have two possible triggers here. We can see salivating/swallowing with GI upset (from gut infections, pancreatitis, dietary indiscretion, etc) or oral irritation (eg if they ingest/lick something irritating, have a foreign body stuck in the roof of their mouth/between teeth/under the tongue or have oral changes (eg ulcers, bad teeth, trauma, etc). Less often it can be associated with salivary gland inflammation/infection.

With this all in mind, we are limited with what can be done at home. If you are able to, try checking her mouth in all those sites for anything stuck that you could possible remove. Be careful of course. And if you did find something stuck that couldn't be gently taken out, then she should be seen. For gut upset you can try an OTC pet safe antacid [ie Pepcid (0.25-0.5 mg per pound every 12-24 hours),Omeprazole (0.25-0.5 mg per pound every 24 hours), Tagamet (3-5 mg per pound every 8-12hrs)]. Whichever you choose, we’d give this 20 minutes before food to allow absorption. Though do double check with your vet if she has a known health issues or is on any medications you haven't mentioned. Afterwards, let's try giving small meals of a light diet (eg rice with scrambled egg, cottage cheese, boiled chicken, boiled white fish, or meat baby food (as long as its garlic/onion free)). And if we cover these bases and she settles, we are happy. Though if she is very sore in her mouth or this persists, then we'd want her checked for those other issues and potentially have antibiotics started.

Kind regards,

Dr. B


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Customer: replied 8 days ago.
Thank you this us helpful. Don't see anything in her mouth but will phone my own vet tomorrow to get her checked out.
Customer: replied 6 days ago.
My vet put her on 5 day of Omeprazole as thought it might be gastric. Everything else was clear