I have a 3 year old German Shepherd, and he recently started smacking his lips a lot. A friend of mine said they do that when they have to pee, but he does it even if he has just been out. I am just wondering if anyone has ever encountered this issue with their own dog?
By doglvr from Kinston, NC
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Check to make sure that there is not an underlying problem that has caused him to become dehydrated. If he is dehydrated, he may be doing that. Lift up his upper lip and push your finger to his gum. It should be wet and pink. If it's tacky, dry or light in color, it can be a sign of dehydration which would signal a bigger problem. If this is the case, you will also notice that if you scruff him on the back of his neck, his skin will not snap back quickly, instead, it will take a bit longer if he is dehydrated. In either case, he would need to go to the vet immediately for iv fluids and blodwork would let them know what may be going on. Hopefully it's not this and he's just picked up an annoying habit.
By Lynda (crabby)06/27/2011
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You might double check that he doesn't have a stick caught in between the roof of his mouth and the sides of his teeth. German Shepherds seem to enjoy picking up sticks and playing with them at times.
Please take your fur baby to the Veterinarian, there could be a dental problem that he is trying to tell you about. Smacking lips is not a sign of dehydration it is a sign of an underlying medical problem.
I have also heard it is when they are expelling gas ha!
It could just be so many things, from a change in food to dehydration to dental problems. Think I'd run it by the vet just in case.
My husband's mom, God rest her soul, used to breed German Shepherds. It has been our experience that they, uh, do this when they are expelling gas. Have you changed his food lately? Is he on a good diet with meat as the first ingredient? It is really humorous. LOL. They are darlings, and also all our dogs do that, even when they are not passing gas, but when they are having something unusual with their digestive system, such as indigestion.
It probably means nothing. Try to ignore it. I'm sure nothing is wrong with your dog.
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