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Hi everyone ! I am in the same boat. I have two boxers. zena who is 2 and her half brother Zeus who is 3. They where having issues last year since October of air gulping, drolling, swallowing hard, licking everything, and throwing up stomach acid in the morning right before they eat. We have changed their food to Hills ID low fat. They are Pepcid and omeprazole. They do not get table food, they do not get anything. We have countless vet visit and er visits because we didn’t know what it is. I strongly believe it is acid reflux and their food. Since February their symptoms have worse , they have thrown up stomach acid 8 times in a 2 week span. I have had GI bloodwork done/ultrasounds and everything looks great. I do not want to do the endoscopy yet because they are still healthy and eating. Also, is the endoscopy really going to give me answers or just theories. I want to change their food, can someone please help!! I’m up for anything with my poor babies!
 

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One of my dogs has been a constant challenge for me with this. I have had to switch his food around a few times now, he has almost the same thing you describe. I have tried the omeprazole and Pepsid as well didn’t help my dog at all. I had him on Purina smart blend digestive health for quite a while it seemed to help only recently switched to Purina pro plan chicken and rice large breed he seems to be doing well with that, for stomach upset I give him one non chewable pepto Bismal that seems to to the trick. I make sure his feedings are split twice a day evenly you may want to consider feeding your dogs three times a day if it’s feasible. I used to mix a small amount of canned food on their kibble but now I put a handful of cooked ground fat free turkey seems to work. My male has sometimes where his stomach just shuts down he has what they call motility issues those times I use metacloprimide two times a day for a couple days that usually gets him straight again. Talk to your Vet about this your dogs may have the same thing.
 

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One of my dogs has been a constant challenge for me with this. I have had to switch his food around a few times now, he has almost the same thing you describe. I have tried the omeprazole and Pepsid as well didn’t help my dog at all. I had him on Purina smart blend digestive health for quite a while it seemed to help only recently switched to Purina pro plan chicken and rice large breed he seems to be doing well with that, for stomach upset I give him one non chewable pepto Bismal that seems to to the trick. I make sure his feedings are split twice a day evenly you may want to consider feeding your dogs three times a day if it’s feasible. I used to mix a small amount of canned food on their kibble but now I put a handful of cooked ground fat free turkey seems to work. My male has sometimes where his stomach just shuts down he has what they call motility issues those times I use metacloprimide two times a day for a couple days that usually gets him straight again. Talk to your Vet about this your dogs may have the same thing.
I feed them 3 times a day. I went to the vet yesterday, they want to put them on z/d hills food. They gave me some meds and upped it a little.
 

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Hi everyone ! I am in the same boat. I have two boxers. zena who is 2 and her half brother Zeus who is 3. They where having issues last year since October of air gulping, drolling, swallowing hard, licking everything, and throwing up stomach acid in the morning right before they eat. We have changed their food to Hills ID low fat. They are Pepcid and omeprazole. They do not get table food, they do not get anything. We have countless vet visit and er visits because we didn’t know what it is. I strongly believe it is acid reflux and their food. Since February their symptoms have worse , they have thrown up stomach acid 8 times in a 2 week span. I have had GI bloodwork done/ultrasounds and everything looks great. I do not want to do the endoscopy yet because they are still healthy and eating. Also, is the endoscopy really going to give me answers or just theories. I want to change their food, can someone please help!! I’m up for anything with my poor babies!
Hi there, after 2 boxers with same problems as yours I switched to raw feeding with my third and never looked back! Please just try a good frozen/ fresh raw food and see what happens. Vets have very little nutritional training and always push kibble but it is causing so many problems in boxers. Please try raw feeding and you will see improvements very quickly. Good luck!
 

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Hi everyone ! I am in the same boat. I have two boxers. zena who is 2 and her half brother Zeus who is 3. They where having issues last year since October of air gulping, drolling, swallowing hard, licking everything, and throwing up stomach acid in the morning right before they eat. We have changed their food to Hills ID low fat. They are Pepcid and omeprazole. They do not get table food, they do not get anything. We have countless vet visit and er visits because we didn’t know what it is. I strongly believe it is acid reflux and their food. Since February their symptoms have worse , they have thrown up stomach acid 8 times in a 2 week span. I have had GI bloodwork done/ultrasounds and everything looks great. I do not want to do the endoscopy yet because they are still healthy and eating. Also, is the endoscopy really going to give me answers or just theories. I want to change their food, can someone please help!! I’m up for anything with my poor babies!
Any updates? I’m currently dealing with this with my boxer. Wondering if you’ve found anything that works.
 

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Just came across this and want to give my experience with the same symptoms. I no longer have my boxer. She passed away a few months ago from heart failure at 11 years old. At around 4 years old she was having all the symptoms listed here. My vet thought she had a foxtail or something stuck in her throat and put her under to check. Her throat was raw but nothing seen that could be causing it. A specialist said it was acid reflux but we couldn’t control it anywhere good enough with Pepcid Ac so I took some videos when the episodes were happening and they were sent to a university vet who was a neurologist. She said my girl was having focal seizures that were affecting her throat and causing all that to happen. She was put on meds for seizures and what a difference. Over the course of a couple years the neurologist added a second med when the seizures began to get bad again and then it would only happen about twice a year. At some point they realized she had acid reflux as well and with the symptoms being the same as the focal seizures so I’d always try Pepcid Ac first and if it didn’t stop or got worse I’d give her the meds that would stop the seizures. I hadn’t heard of focal seizures before it happened to my girl so I was quite shocked to find out it wasn’t just acid reflux but explained why the Pepcid didn’t always work. We had a lot of sleepless nights. I hope nobody else here has the same problem but I thought I’d tell our experience just in case it could help someone.
 

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My male boxer has been dealing with this so far we haven’t been able to find a cause he gets a lot of gas in his intestines when this happens he will gulp and swallow repeatedly almost like a reverse sneeze usually this goes on into vomiting no diahrea though. I will bring this up to my vets and see what they say. Anti nausea meds seem to control this though we use cerenia when this happens. These episodes he has come with no warning other than sometimes a day or two before this starts he will be restless at night
 

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My male boxer has been dealing with this so far we haven’t been able to find a cause he gets a lot of gas in his intestines when this happens he will gulp and swallow repeatedly almost like a reverse sneeze usually this goes on into vomiting no diahrea though. I will bring this up to my vets and see what they say. Anti nausea meds seem to control this though we use cerenia when this happens. These episodes he has come with no warning other than sometimes a day or two before this starts he will be restless at night
Sounds about the same. I think the gas is from gulping air and swallowing. I was given cerenia to try about the last six months of her life and it did help as well. It took me a long time to be able to differentiate between the acid reflux and focal seizures. My beautiful girl, her name was Bella would lick her belly or hip a lot and begin to act a bit agitated a few hours before a seizure and it was enough to irritate someone in the household and I remember repeatedly saying to them to leave her alone I think a seizure is coming on and sure enough later on she’d gulp and she got to the point she knew what was happening. She’d always look into my eyes like she was trying to tell me something and run to the cabinet where I kept her meds that would get the seizure under control. We were so in tune with each other, I could read her feelings and she could read mine. There were times when if something would happen where I got stressed or worried about something I’d say you watch she’ll probably have a seizure and sure enough it would happen so I had to be careful not to let her know about anything like that and when my Boston got sick it affected her too. She was like the mommy in the house to my other pets. It’s odd but most of the episodes would happen in the evening while relaxing or just after getting into bed. She’d want to get outside to eat grass like she was starving and in the winter when she couldn’t find grass she would eat the growings on a Brandon cedar. I guess she picked that because it was softer and edible. The vet said it was ok. I actually had to plant new ones for her. She’d eat the grass or tree until she’d vomit then go again until the seizure got under control. Never any diarrhea. You should try to take a video of when the episodes happen. For me videos of things have been really helpful for the vets through the years. Sometimes it’s hard for them to get a clear picture when we’re trying to explain what’s happening but the video can often tell them a lot more. Bella was first diagnosed by a neurologist in another province with my videos. She then booked an appointment for her right away and we packed up and drove 10 hours to get there to have her officially diagnosed then after that I found a neurologist closer to home to work with. Please let me know how it goes for you and your boy. It took over a year to get our diagnosis and it was the videos that did it. I hope it’s not seizures for your boy but if it is getting a diagnosis and getting on the proper meds will make a ton of difference. Just like a lot of other things it also can take trying different meds to find the right one as well as the right dose. Whatever it is I really hope you find what will help him. Even acid reflux by itself is bad enough and can cause more problems later just like with people.
 

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This sounds so similar to what my dog has been going thru it’s not funny! His episodes occur mostly in the mornings but sometimes late morning. He does the licking on his front leg too, and usually the night before this happens he gets out of bed starts pacing. I also notice this occurs more often when I’m upset about something most recently a dear friend of mine passed so I see a lot similar here. The last episode they did X-rays again nothing abnormal in his GI but he did have some allergy related bronchitis she said (he never did cough) as it’s been a very humid and wet summer the mold has been horrible here and one of the places i walk had a lot growing in the grass so we stopped walking there he went on prednisone for a couple weeks and benedryl and Prilosec while he was under light sedation they looked at his throat too it was red. I put all this down to the gulping gagging thing plus allergy. Oh and by the way he has had another attack just this week even after the meds and changes. When this gulping gagging starts he shakes and gets a panicked look to him tried to hide under my legs it’s really heartbreaking but I thought it was due to the pain in his stomach. I’m thinking differently now and plan on speaking to the Vet I thank you for putting this out there it’s stuff like this that can really help when you have spent tons of money and your dog doesn’t get better.
 
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