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Sorry for the lengthy post... This is my sixth Rottweiler and as a younger man I had four German Shepards. This is the only one thats had this issue. I’m hoping someone else out there has had an experience similar that can perhaps shed some light on this situation. Parker’s 6 now and this has been an on and off issue most of his life. What happens is the following:

He starts flicking his tongue, darting it in and out, sometimes half his chest is wet from drool other times it’s not. He’ll get restless, pacing, licking the carpet. He’ll ask to go outside whether he has to go potty or not and try to eat as much snow and or grass as he can (I don’t let him eat the grass). We come back in and this behavior continues and he’ll start pacing and licking the carpet. This can go on for 30 minutes to an hour until he finally throws up and then he settles. Sometimes it subsides and he lies down and resumes normal behavior. He can go weeks and months without doing this and then suddenly hits a spell where it happens a few or more times a week for 2 or 3 weeks. Lately it seems to be more often and no long periods without this happening.

I’ve paid close attention trying to figure what triggers this. The biggest question to me… is it nerves first and then stomach issue or stomach issue first causing nervous/uncomfortable behavior. He can be sound asleep and suddenly get up and start this. He can be eagerly chewing his nyla-bone (which he loves and does all the time) and then go into this. I can be playing my acoustic guitar and he’ll go into this after laying there snoozing. If my fiancé’s kids are over and playing video games (Fortnite with shooting in it) and excitedly talking loudly, it can trigger this or an argument amongst them can seem to trigger this. Other and most times he’s perfectly fine with all the turmoil and commotion. He’s not a nervous boy at all, he’s confident, alert, not afraid of thunder gunshots or fireworks. As a pup I nonchalantly played thunderstorm tracks while he was eating in his kennel next to my desk. He’d also come with me to chase deer out of some of our back soybean fields which I’d shoot a .410 shotgun in the air. He’s not at all afraid of gunfire which I mention because of video games. He’s actually happily excited if he sees me with a gun looking around for deer. Another thing is it seemed for a while, that it would only happen on days I didn’t exercise him during a rainy spell that would trigger it. He usually runs a mile a day and or swims several long stick retrieves. Every time I think I have an idea whats causing it, it’ll happen under completely different circumstance, or the thought to be triggers occur regularly without incident.

Early on as a pup he had a lot of stomach upset issues and diarrhea bouts. Eventually I had a blood allergy test done and found he was allergic to beef, rice, corn, wheat, rice and kelp. Got him on food without those ingredients (Redford Naturals limited ingredients, chicken sweet potato recipe) and he did better. He still would get in spells where several times a week he’d have diarrhea and throw up. I ended up having exploratory surgery done to see if there was a physical restriction or any deformities in his digestive tract. Pre surgery X-rays led us to believe that yes we should have the vet explore. That turned up nothing and all looked good inside.

This year I cut his two meals in half thinking that could help, not having such a full stomach. He gets four smaller meals now. It seems to have helped for a while but not really. Less throwing up at end of spells and would come out of it more often without throwing up.

After a long talk with the vet and all my thoughts and theories several months ago, I put him on acid reducing tablets for a couple of months and again at first thought that was helping but it didn’t as he had several bouts towards the end of trying that. The last month or so it seems to be more often. Earlier this week he had been at home in a quiet house and when my fiancé came over to walk him saw that he had thrown up. Today as soon as I walked in the door he started it. He was home alone and all was calm and quiet which is what he’s been used to all his life. Several times lately I gave him less than a quarter cup of kibble when he’d start this and he came out of it. Other times nothing works until he throws up. So today he was due for his meal when he started this and I gave it to him. After he ate he continued tongue flicking and restlessness. I got him up on my lap and rubbed his ears which sometimes settles him as he loves me on the couch to grab a short power nap with him. He got up and wanted out so we walked and he ate snow, went potty (not much) and came back in and he continued for 30-40 minutes. I got him to lay down for a few minutes but he’s restless. And finally now he’s lying, dozing calmly for a while and now bugging me and nudging me for his evening kibble as nothing had ever happened. I want to discuss this with my vet again but want to pull from more resources on thoughts. Like I mentioned earlier, every time I have a little “ah ha” moment he shoots that theory down by doing it under totally different circumstances, or not doing it under circumstances that previously seems to trigger it.

Maybe I’m slowly answering my own question through this long post (or it’s blatantly obvious to others) as it does seem like excited video game playing chatter, kids arguing when over here, guitar playing calm or a bit lively (unplugged acoustic) can definitely start it sometimes but all those things can happen many many times and he’s snoozing sprawled out on the floor without a care in the world.
 

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Has he seen a specialist (I'm guessing yes if surgery was done)?

Even my anxious boys (past/present) don't lick out of nerves when they do lick the floor, it's a nausea thing and they lick until they vomit. But, I have a fairly small sample size.

I hope you can figure it out. Poor guy.
 

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It sounds like a combination of nerves, and acid reflux. I would try giving him Pepcid or some other type of ant-acid twice per day. The licking and drooling all sound like nausea.
Giving small meals per day helps. What I notice is that often as Rottweilers age...they do tend to get digestive upsets.

What is in the kibble that you are feeding him now? ingredients? Have you ever tried a raw or home cooked diet?? That would be something to try. Also a good probiotic added to his food everyday.
 

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Agis, I’ve been working with my vet and I’m Getting ready for another visit to discuss, but wanted some views and thoughts from others. What you say about your boys holds true, licking until they vomit. However sometimes a small (1/4 cup) of kibble and chilling with him or distracting with walk or fun can stave it off and then he’s fine. Thank you for your input.
 

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big black dogs, I like your thoughts on trying acid reducer again along with probiotics. I’ll look into raw diet but that’s something I’ll have to really read up on and something I’ve never done with all the pups I’ve had throughout my life. Home cooked is possible or perhaps just changing his food until something seems to agree better. Thank you for your input.
 

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That's a good thought, he has not had a neurological exam. I forgot to mention in my original long post that when he's on my lap and I'm rubbing his head and ears trying to relax him a bit, I can feel an increased heart rate, and not a shake but a slight tremble on his chest. It could be just from not liking how he's feeling but I've noticed that. When I discuss this with my vet I will pool all of these thoughts and see what we come up with. Right now I have added (adding slowly) some freeze dried raw cubes to his a.m. and evening kibble and trying the acid reducer twice a day again as well as making sure he gets his mile run or vigorous play and romping in (usually everyday anyway) and see if it is a digestive problem.
 
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