I have a 25lb golden/terrier mix dog who’s 6 and I’ve owned her since 6 months old. About a year ago she started a weird behavior where she would lick the air/her nose as if something was on it. It wasn’t very often I mentioned it to my vet and she wasn’t worried at all. It’s gotten worse and is just so strange. She typically does it when she’s sitting on the couch during the day/evening and then she’s sometimes doing it at night where she can’t fall asleep. She’ll lick and lick and lick and open her mouth all the way like a yawn but slower. Nothing to get to stop works, lightly holding her mouth closed, distracting her etc.
She’s not a neurotic type it really doesn’t seem like an anxiety based behavior to me because that’s not her personality. I have some trazodone we tried short term to see and it made no difference except for her it knocks her out and she just sleeps all the time.
I got some good video of it and took her back to my vet who was less than helpful. She said it looks just behavioral not physical, I had to press her to actually do an exam of her mouth and she found nothing. Her breath is weird to me and not how it was a few years ago. It’s hard to describe but a little sour smelling? She’ll burp as well. She said reflux could be an issue. I’ve tried changing her food with no change, we also added omeprazole with no change. My vet also said maybe it’s a tiny seizure which doesn’t fit for me because there are no other symptoms right now. She basically left it as she has no clue and unless other symptoms come up there’s nothing we can do.
She does have hip dysplasia and has been on pain meds in the past but is maintaining without meds right now.
I’m looking for any ideas or suggestions. I’m thinking of going to a different vet for a second opinion but I’m not sure if it should be another general vet or a specialist. I can just tell she’s not 100% comfortable and looking to me to make it stop.