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  1. No benadryl for Edgar tonight. We'll see how he does. It is strange that I've given it to him both in the morning and the evening, and until this morning his reaction has only been at night. Keeping my fingers crossed.
  2. I'm definitely going to get a second opinion. He did start doing this behavior this morning as well, when I left to go to the grocery store. Could be coincidental, but maybe there is something to it.
  3. Vickkers and mbc1963 - Thank you for sharing your stories. I appreciate all of the advice and insights that I have received on this website. We took Edgar to the vet yesterday, because he started excessively licking his lips and swallowing hard a few nights ago. This has happened every night now for the last five nights, and the episodes last about an hour each time. He also licks the floor, the coffee table, the sofa...anything he can get his tongue on. We thought that he might be having some intestinal distress brought on by allergies. He seems to be extremely anxious when this happen
  4. Our vet thinks that only a part of his problem is seasonal allergies. He has been on benadryl twice a day for a couple of weeks now. This has helped with the incessant scratching, but the licking and swallowing are new developments. The vet thinks that Edgar is also dealing with OCD and an anxiety disorder, and possibly some other neurological problem which exacerbates the constant licking and swallowing. The licking and swallowing seems to be triggered when one of his human family members leaves the room that he is in.
  5. No chewies and he hasn't chewed on any toys for weeks now. Our carpet was cleaned about 7 months ago using a supposedly "non-toxic, gentle" cleaning agent that is "safe for pets and small children." No insecticides or herbicides have been used in our yard this growing season. When I bike ride with him, he runs on the street, and he doesn't have time to graze in any of are neighbors yards. We have recently had a lot of rain for several days and the weeds are growing fairly abundantly in our neighborhood, but I haven't seen him eating anything outside, other than the grass in our yard during
  6. We feed him twice a day; once in the morning, once in the evening. This behavior doesn't happen after his morning feeding. Only at night, about 4 hours after he eats his evening meal. He has been on the same food "Taste of the Wild" for two months, and this licking, swallowing, coughing behavior just started three nights ago. He doesn't chew on anything, other than himself. He seems to be extremely itchy around his stomach, groin area, so he licks and chews on these areas a lot. Taste of the Wild is the third food we've had him on since we adopted him, because he does seem to have food a
  7. The last three evenings Edgar has been excessively licking his lips, swallowing hard, and coughing. In each case this has continued for over an hour, until he has gone outside, eaten a ton of grass, and eventually thrown up. He seems very distressed while this is occurring. He also seems to be extremely itchy. Has anyone else experienced this? He was tested for heartworm before we adopted him, but was not on prevention until we rescued him two months later. Could it be heartworm? We're taking him to the vet tomorrow to have him checked out, but I'm very worried about him, and am hoping
  8. Here is a video I found on YouTube that shows a dog having a seizure similar to the type my dog sometimes had.
  9. Our 15 year old Basenji/Lab mix started having seizures her last year of life. She was in end stage kidney failure. Usually when she was experiencing seizures she would kick and spin around uncontrollably, she would also drool, and would be completely unresponsive. Other times, while having seizures, she would react very similarly to how you describe your dogs behavior. She would try to run and would be very wobbly and fall sideways. It was as if she had no control of her legs. I would watch your dog to see if it happens again, and speak to your vet about it. He may want to run some blo
  10. Thanks again for everyone's comments. I've gotten a lot of good advice from you all. Ruth - Thanks for the Vanya link. I started reading the blog this morning. Hopefully, I'll be able to glean some useful tips to help Edgar become less reactive. We are about 6 hours east of Sugarland, TX, so Dr. Haug might be a little too far to work with directly. As you suggested, I'm going to contact her to see if she can recommend someone a little closer to where we live. Edgar is doing really well with obedience training, and already responds to sit, stay, down, crawl, and come. So, he has bee
  11. Secret - Actually, he reacts while biking too. I started the biking thinking that maybe he would be so distracted by the fast pace that he wouldn't pay attention to other dogs. Sometimes he almost pulls me off of the bike as he lunges at dogs we pass on the street. We have adjusted the time of day that we bike/walk to limit his exposure to other dogs.
  12. Waffles - The foster parent who was originally keeping him had several dogs in the home. She only kept him for a couple of months, because, she said, "he did not want to share me or my husband with the other dogs in the house." We interpreted this as possessiveness of his owners, and weren't concerned because we don't have any other dogs in our home. It should have been a red flag. After his original foster home, he was kept at a dog groomer's/boarding facility in a crate. While we were meeting him for the first time, he reacted very strongly to a lab that walked past him to leave the fac
  13. Thanks for all of your responses. Julie - I do think that desensitization is the key. The problem that I see with such a high energy dog is that he needs the walks and runs in the community to burn off a lot of this energy. Our romps with the ball and frisbee in our yard aren't enough. Up until now, we thought that we could handle his behavior, but it does seem to be getting worse. A behaviorist is probably a good idea. Secret - I try to stay very calm and relaxed on our walks, because I understand my energy could have an effect on his behavior. At the first hint of fixation, I do
  14. We recently adopted a Border Collie from an organization that saves dogs from high kill shelters. The dog is about a year old, and when he was found (out in the middle of nowhere), he was emaciated and had multiple open wounds, apparently from dog fights. This dog has extremely strong herding instincts, great focus, high energy, all the traits you would expect in a Border Collie. He is extremely loyal to his owners, but is distrustful with strangers. He was neutered just before we adopted him. He is not a destructive dog, and he has been doing well with his obedience training, is house-tr
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