My lab all of a sudden started licking her lips and swallowing, and won't stop, this has happened maybe 3 times now. she'll just wake up and then start licking her lips, and even squinting her right eye a little. She can't seem to get comfortable when this happens, and often will start licking one spot repeatedly until it's soaked, but then about an hour or so later she will eventually be back to normal again. I'm taking her to the vet, but has anyone ever experienced this with their lab?
Can be a sign of nausea.
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It can be a symptom of a lot of things including nausea, pain, stomach discomfort, oral disease, and the list goes on. Jes does this, and he has been diagnosed with reflux. It typically happens after dinner, strenuous exercise, or just randomly. You can watch the drool just stream out of his mouth, because after a while he just gets tired of constantly smacking his lips. The way you describe her discomfort makes me wonder if she doesn't have the same thing going on. I would definitely bring it to the vet's attention.
At the moment, we're trying a lower fat and protein food to see if it helps. He's gone from once every 2 weeks or so, to once a month. It looks like we'll probably have to go with medication. It's definitely good you're having a vet examine her because it could be many different things.
Ernie does it when he isn't feeling well. Pain nausea, tummy ache. Good thoughts for the vets visit.
Thanks for the replies! I brought her to the vet but they aren't sure. Her teeth are alright, so it isn't that. She has been great the last couple of days, so I will have to just keep an eye on her.