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Has anyone heard of lickfits? I've seen on a GSD and Swissy forums that describe what happened with my golden today. My soon to be 5yr old female golden Tiffany is currently at the eVet. This afternoon she woke me up licking the air repeatedly and gulping air. She then was frantically trying to chew on her blankets. She puked a small amount of hair (guessing she was also licking the carpet). She seemed to be in distress so off we went to eVet. She puked on the way there which seemed to bring her some relief but the licking and gulping air continued (though at a much slower pace). Since she was able to puke, there was relief that it wasn't bloat. X-rays were taken of her abdomen and a small object showed up, I went ahead with the scope and a small amount of hair and a small (1 inch long) piece of string from one of the blankets was removed. She was running a fever upon intake and her gums were dark red which the vet was concerned with. Anyhow, she's being watched overnight and is on fluids. In the AM they'll introduce food & water and if she can keep it down, I can bring her home tomorrow afternoon. I'm at a loss of what's wrong and don't know which came first chewing on blanket while I was sleeping and then the upset stomach or the upset stomach/lickfit which prompted the eating of the blanket (she's not a chewer so this is all out of character). Just wondering if anyone has had any experience with these symptoms.
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I am so sorry to hear that your baby is not well. I have no idea what it could be but it sounds scary! Hope she feels better and that you get some form of diagnosis.

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The licking and swallowing usually means that their belly is upset and they feel like throwing up. Their mouths salivate and they constantly feel the urge to throw up. Hopefully the doc got the obstruction out and that is all it is. ( this is just one of many things it could be, but if it were my dog, this is what I would say it was.)
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Susan, call Bob and talk to him, he has seen just about everything and he might have some answers

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So sorry to hear that Tiffany and you are going through this.
Mary said to call Bob at Dirk's-he might know something.
In the meantime, she is in my prayers!

Did they take any other x-rays?

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I have gone thru this with my female Kaya - it happens periodically and always at night. To me it almost seems like a 'panic attack' - she'll be fine, even sleeping, but then she'll get up with the very worried look on her face and frantically start licking everything, and if I let her outside she will devour grass like crazy and then vomit. Once she has gotten sick, she will settle down again, and often have another 'attack' a while later but she is fine by morning. I discussed it with my vet and he suggested that it could be stress related -Kaya is a worrier, anything 'out of place' makes her worry, and if it moves it is scarey, if it is new- she will approach with extreme caution. I have yet to figure out the stressors or been able to pinpoint a specific event that causes this reaction.
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Gladys did this once, then barfed up a small about 1 inch hairball.

Boomer does it when he's licking his hotspots, my friend said its from having a bad taste in his mouth. He also does it when food sticks to the roof of his mouth. Now that he's older, he goes around gagging and honling all the time.

I hope it was just the hairball and string in your case. Good luck w/ everything.

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Tiffany is having another episode and the docs have yet to be able to give a firm diagnosis and it doesn't help that each time this has happened, we've been in a different state. She's had an endoscopy 2x's, plenty of x-rays, evaluated by a gastrointestinal specialist, biopsies of her intestines which ruled out IBD and they felt she showed no signs of mega-esophagus either. After seeing the specialist who then shared her video with the neurologist, they feel she may be having focal seizures that present themselves as her having gastrointestinal issues. During these episodes she's been pumped full anti-nausea medication which did not relieve the symptoms. We were a year between the first 2 episodes and now were at 6 months this time. Blood work was normal last time and I'll run it again this week, but I just don't know what to do for her. The vet this time didn't think it was an emergency and called in a prescription of Valium for her which I'm on the way to the pharmacy to pick up.

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How long do the episodes last? If they stop, what seems to be the thing that stops them? Or do the fits stop on their own? Is Tiffany a "nervous" type dog? Could be stress, as others have said.
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