Does your dog lick and swallow repeatedly? It may be the first sign of a health problem. Here’s how to get to the bottom of it before it worsens.
Conventional veterinarians often do not understand problems that are not clearly “medical”. If your dog is swallowing more than usual, he could be over-treated from a conventional perspective by some veterinarians (ultrasound/blood work/checking the gums/ barium swallow, etc), but this is not needed if you seek out an integrative or holistic veterinarian.
Obsessive licking and swallowing can often be a sign of nausea or digestion problems. Avoiding toxins (the increased swallowing could occur if you got new furniture or paint that is out-gassing, for instance), follow a limited vaccine schedule. Switching to a raw meat diet could possibly help your dog as well. If the behavior continues, find a holistic vet who can treat the problem with more specific recommendations tailored to your pup’s needs.
Veterinarian Dr. Christina Chambreau graduated from the University of Georgia Veterinary College in 1980. She is a founder of the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy, was on the faculty of the National Center for Homeopathic Summer School and has been the holistic modality adjunct faculty liaison for the Maryland Veterinary Technician Program. Dr. Chambreau is author of Healthy Animal’s Journal, co-author of the Homeopathic Repertory: A Tutorial, and former Associate Editor of IVC Journal.