I’m part of a really informative FB Swissy group and have read a lot about Lick Fits (breed specific), seizures (the Twitchy Swissy), bloat/GDV and spleen torsion (yet another FB page on spleens) - all common within the breed. My girl is almost 2 now and she was spayed and had gastropexy to help prevent GDV with torsion (she can still bloat, just not torse with her stomach tacked fingers crossed).
The other night she had her first lick fit. I knew the symptoms from reading about it on the FB page, but it is quite unusual and she was obviously in distress. Things I read to keep on hand is bread/milk, simethicone and some pepcid to relieve gas. Its basically an empty stomach or GI issue, and she happened to get in my garbage and ate half a loaf of bread and some raw brussel sprouts (known for gas!) a few hours before her episode. It starts with licking in the air, then licking the floor, walls, trying to eat carpet or anything in her path, totally panicking. When I briefly took her outside she ate clumps of grass, sticks, trees, whatever she could get a hold of. I did give her some bread and some simethicone to try to relive her stress/gas as she was burping and in discomfort. If left too long, it can lead to bloat as they gulp in air as they try to eat and lick everything, so I did try to get her as comfortable as possible and as quickly as I could. She does have her stomach tacked, but it could still fill with air/gas and can have an emergency trip to have her tubed to get the gas out.
All in all, it took about 30 mins for it to stop, and she fell right back asleep like nothing ever happened. I patted her stomach as she burped and got more comfortable (tell me they are not big babies!!).
Things I have read to help prevent these issues - don’t feed gassy foods (brussel sprouts, cabbage etc), give several small meals a day, feed something just before bed time so they don’t have an empty stomach for long, Keep bloat buster (simethicone), pepcid, bread and milk on hand.
For bloat “prevention” I do feed raw, but this happens to raw fed or kibble fed dogs (it does not discriminate). Look for symptoms such as retching, hard stomach, vomiting up bile or nothing at all. If this happens, take to emerg right away - your dog can pass within an hour without surgery. I don’t feed 1hr before or after walks/exercise (heavy stomachs can torse easier than empty/light ones).
Don’t feed with an elevated bowl as this can increase air consumption - feed on the floor.
I just wanted to add some of the bloat/GDV as I have been hearing of this more often from owners who have never heard of it before and they have lost their dogs to it, as they didn’t know the symptoms (from a great dane owner, german sheppard owners, golden owner - all passed from GVD and owners were unaware of the symptoms or preventatives - and all within a few months) nor did they ever hear of a gastropexy. It honestly cost me an extra $350 when I was having her spayed and I would have this procedure done even if I had a lab or golden, as I have heard of them even bloating, though it is rare (any animal with a deep chest that has the room for the stomach to flip).
I’m sure a lot of people on here are aware of these issues and what to look for, but just in case you didn’t, if I can help out one owner/pet, that will make my day.