Skip to content


The Pet Health Community and Pet Health Center are NOT substitutes for a vet visit. Contact a vet in an emergency! | Dog Conditions A-Z | Dog Symptoms A-Z | Cat Conditions A-Z | Cat Symptoms A-Z

Remember Your Beloved Pet
Includes Expert Content
dog kicking gulping
greeneyedglow posted:
I am up at 2 am. Woke up by my dog sounding like she is choaking. Gulping, licking the air. She had gas farted earlier tonight with isn't usual of her she's 3 and this is her 1st episode. Very scary. I hope this doesn't happen again.
Bernadine Cruz, DVM responded:
Dear Greeneyedglow,
Hope your eyes are glowing red from lack of sleep and this episode has not repeated itself since you posted this note. From your description I can't give you a definitive diagnosis but several concerns come to mind. If this only happened that one time, we may never find the cause. If it continues, I would strongly recommend that you seek medical attention and a hands on physical. Pets can have a condition known as a reverse nasal drip can be the cause. An upset stomach/nausea can result in a pet licking the air as well as seizures. As you can see, the possibilities run the gamut. Please make an appointment with your veterinarian if you continue to see these signs.
Best of luck....
greeneyedglow replied to Bernadine Cruz, DVM's response:
thank God that has not happened again since that one episode but if it does continue to happen I definitely will seek medical advice thank you for your prompt response


Sandy Willis, DVM, DACVIM, is a small animal internal medicine consultant for Phoenix Central Laboratory, an independent veterinary diagnostic laborat...More

Helpful Tips

Excellent website for information on parasites in dogs and catsExpert
I just conducted a seminar and hands-on demonstration on diagnosis of fecal parasites to veterinarians and technicians. An excellent ... More
Was this Helpful?
33 of 47 found this helpful

Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Learn more about the AVMA

WebMD Special Sections