This is a digestive condition which can occur in any breed of dog and is commonly referred to as ‘Gulpies’, or as 'Lick Fits'.

What are ‘Gulpies’?

Dogs with ‘Gulpies’ may have one or more of the following:

Uncontrolled licking of their lips, 'gurgling' in the stomach, gulping in air, they may also vomit and can be quite distressed. When the dog has one of these episodes it wants to eat anything; grass, leaves, twigs, paper, carpet, dog blankets/beds or anything else in a frenzied manner.

It is important to stop your dog ingesting any foreign bodies.

Gulpies appears to happen more frequently after food, it could be Gastro Intestinal (GI) a build-up of ‘gas’ and/or acid. The medical term for gas build-up is Aerophagia.

Washington State University School of Veterinary Medicine are researching this condition and would like more information about Wheaten Terriers who suffer with this problem. Please help the Researchers - more details on the Survey page.

Some owners report:

The cause may be an allergy to certain foods.

Feeding a 'low fat' diet.

Split the food into smaller portions and feed 2, 3 or 4 times a day. Feed the last meal later in the evening so that the dog does not have an empty stomach for too long.

Increasing the height of food and water bowls.

Trying a 'Slow Feeder' bowl.

Lightly rubbing the throat and tummy.

Taking the dog for a walk on the lead.

'Over the Counter' remedies

Using a daily probiotic helps, Fortiflora or Plain Organic Goat Kefir are popular products.

Slippery Elm - use 2 capsules.

Slippery Elm powder - use ½ teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight.

Homeopathic Nux Vomicus is also reported as useful for this condition. Three of the Nux Vomicus 30c, crush between two spoons and put into the side of the mouth. It is important not to touch homeopathic pilules with your hands and no food or drink ten minutes before or after the dose. Repeat if needed.

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Pepto Bismol warning - see AKC article on this link


'Gulpies' by Prof Meryl Littman October 2019 here (opens on new page)

This American Kennel Club (AKC) article contains information on recommended dosage of some OTC treatments.

Healthy Pets at Mercola - 'Causes of Gastroesophageal Reflux in Pets' click/tap here.


YouTube has quite a number of videos showing dogs with ‘gulpies’ click/tap here for one of these.

Also this video by Dr Karen Becker provides valuable information click/tap here

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