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I’m not a vet so this is just my advice. Maybe try giving the tums at the onset of symptoms instead of every day. As was stated by another user when an antacid is given too often the body cant producing the adequate amount of acid needed for proper digestion plus tums contains calcium so over-doing it isn’t good. If it was me and all you’re wanting to try is tums, id wait till you see the tale tale sign of panic and swallowing air start then give her the tums when you know she needs it. I believe it’s a type of indigestion similar to what humans get when air builds up in our belly and hurts so bad. If your comfortable trying 1/4th chewable gas x since she does start tooting and feels better (just like my dog) I do think it’d help. I wish Katie all the best and please let us know what you try and if it helps 🙂 PS is her food & water bowls elevated a bit off the floor so the food doesn’t have to travel as far upwards to be swallowed? I’ve read that helps also.
Acroyali you are correct also, see the point I was trying to make above is we as pet owners need to find what works best for our own dogs. My experience was my dog started gulping and swallowing, she looked freaked out Wanted outside to swallow any leaves and grass she could find. I knew that meant her belly was upset and her instinct was to eat grass so she could vomit. I stayed up with her for hours all night with this happening. We were stationed in Virginia with no vet clinic for miles. I just had to pat her belly to help her pass gas and try to sooth her best I could. She went to the vet after the episode because it NEVER happens at the vet office anyways. She was perfectly healthy. I changed her food to dye free 4health and it lessened those episodes tremendously. But she still has her moments when it starts again I’d say maybe once every 3-4 months. Out of nowhere that swallowing gulping so I gave her half a tums 1/4th gas x (she’s 90lb lab) and within ten minutes she wasn’t freaked out anymore and started tooting. I never give her any Gasx/tums unless has these episodes so I know she has plenty of the good acids and gut bacteria. It’s what works best for my dog just like you both above have found what works best for your dogs. That’s what makes this thread so helpful to frantic pups and owners alike. We can share our experiences and be here for moral support. 🙂 and just maybe help a pup in the future. There’s no guidelines to follow at 2am when your dog wakes you up basically having a panic attack gulping air. It freaks us all out and we just want to help our babies. I’m not a RN or a doctor but I do love animals with all my heart, have rescued rehabbed and raised many dif species so I have a general understanding of what I need to do. So yall with that said, don’t give your dog a Tylenol(it’s toxic) but if your human best friend starts her period or has a headache give that girl a Tylenol without worrying about getting permission first lol!
- This reply was modified 4 years, 1 month ago by Cassie P.
http://www.walkervalleyvet.com/otc-meds.htm For everyone else who is willing to step outside of guidelines to help their pet, here is a link by a veterinarian. Thank you Sabema I’m so glad you found something that helps your fur baby 🙂 sometimes we need to think outside the box and figure out what works best for us and our dogs. I hope everyone has a blessed day!
- This reply was modified 4 years, 1 month ago by Cassie P.
I’m not here to bicker with anyone. The point is, no one can pin point what this issue is veterinarians and owners alike. I’m offering my experience with this and people can use their own judgment to see if it works for them as well as it has for me. I wish everyone the best of luck with whatever this is.
I worked with a veterinarian and there are safe human medications that are fine for dogs. Feel free to google it for yourself- a partial list includes coated baby aspirin, pepto bismol, tums, has x (no xylitol), alprazolam, etc.. there are a lot of people who can not afford or do not live near a veterinary clinic so yes if you are at your wits end trying to help your dog a 1/4th chewable gasx and half a regular tums is not going to hurt! You’d actually be surprised at how quick this helps. As I stated previously, my dog was exhibiting the SAME symptoms as everyone else here and it worked for her.
Just wondering has anyone tried giving 1/4th chewable gas x and half a tums at the onset of symptoms? My dog had these same issues that you all describe and this is the only combination to make her stop the gulping and swallowing. About 10 minutes after she chews the gas x and tums, I pat her belly, she starts passing gas and goes to sleep. I know this may not work for every issue on this thread but it’s worth a try if any of you haven’t tried it already.
My advice is, take the video you took to the vet and show him. Also, have you tried giving your dog gas x and pepto when the episode starts? That is the only thing that helps my dog when she has an episode. I pat her belly until she burps. I’d suggest a probiotic supplement also. She is a 5yr old rescued black lab and I feed her chicken and rice 4Heath. I hope your dog feels better!
I’m not sure what’s wrong with your dog but I would suggest keeping him on a probiotic all the time to keep his intestinal flora at a healthy level. I feed my dog 4Health chicken and rice from Tractor Suppy and she has done great on it. I hope your dog gets better!
My dogs name is maybel. She has a clean bill of health and no medical issues besides the occasional gulping air and swallowing. She was abused very badly before we rescued her so I’m sure she may have had trauma with a collar. She always pulled very hard on a leash so we got her a harness to help her. She has done the gulping before and she would eventually throw up. I don’t know why so many of our dogs are having this problem :/ I always keep chewable gas x and pepto bismol here for her and me too. My advise to anyone experiencing a sudden onset if you can’t get to the vet is get some gas x into your dog and some pepto to coat the stomach. Burp your dog while its head is elevated so the air can come up or out the other end. Don’t try to massage the throat like you would a collapsed trachea attack. I’m not a vet but I use to work at one and have rehabilitated animals for over 20 years so I don’t know everything but I do know a lot. 🙂 Also, I don’t exercise my dog after a large meal as it could lead to bloating. Thank you to all that replied! Cassie
Hi, I’m new here and just registered so I could post on this thread even though it’s a couple years old. I have a rescued black lab and I experienced the same thing. Has anyone else noticed hearing bubbles in the throat as they are gulping? Here is what I did to help my baby: she started gulping and swallowing, I brought her to the kitchen gave her a tablespoon of pepto bismol. She’s about 50-60lbs. I then have her a 1/4th chewable gas x and brought her to the chaise lounge with me and I patted her belly for an hour and a half. I patted kinda like burping a baby. She started passing gas-all the air she had swallowed and then she felt better. It was horrible and scary but I didn’t let her see that from me so I did the shhhhh shhhh to her and it helped. I so hope this helps someone else’s dog and sorry for all my run on sentences 🙂 I pray all your dogs feel better!