Can anyone give some advice?
My 2yr lab has taken to sniffing everywhere, non stop all around the house. I mean non stop! A couple of weeks ago she was shaking her head as if something was in her ears. I got some drops from the vet, but she can't stop sniffing all around everywhere. The vat couldn't understand it.
She doesn't seem too distressed, but is determined and has a far away lok in her eyes- its as if she is on speed. She is also salivating more than usual. I know her and this isn't normal so I am worried there is more
to it.
Any ideas anyone?
Nick
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Have you checked for mice or roaches or even termites?

We once had a mouse get in over winter, and it was between the floorboards of the 1st story and ceiling of the basement. It stuck it's head up (the house is very old) through a hole in the dining room floor, and ever since, our collie is convinced that if he stares at that hole long enough, he will see a mouse.

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Can anyone give some advice? My 2yr lab has taken to sniffing everywhere, non stop all around the house. I ... I know her and this isn't normal so I am worried there is more to it. Any ideas anyone? Nick
She doesn't seem too distressed, but is determined and has a far away lok in her eyes- its as if she is on speed. She is also salivating more than usual.

I second Emily's suggestion to check for pests. In addition to her list, I'll add bees and birds. We currently have birds nesting in our exterior brick wall, and they make a racket that can be heard inside. (Yay! It's a rental house.)
Also wanted to chime in that when Orson's sniffing around madly for a toy I've just thrown, he salivates a lot.
Cate
Can anyone give some advice? My 2yr lab has taken to sniffing everywhere, non stop all around the house. I ... I know her and this isn't normal so I am worried there is more to it. Any ideas anyone? Nick

Maybe she's got the scent of a family of mice or squirrels? Or maybe it's something like a possum that crawled under the house. I don't know where you live or if you have a basement/crawlspace. My mom's dog acted like that once when feral cats got into the crawlspace, it drove him crazy that he couldn't get to them and kill them. He was a lab with cat killing urges.
Snap just what I was thinking.
Pat
Can anyone give some advice? My 2yr lab has taken to sniffing everywhere, non stop all around the house. I ... usual. I know her and this isn't normal so I am worried there is more to it. Any ideas anyone?

How long do these episodes last...?
Any chance it might be some form of focal seizure...the far away look in her eyes is not the symptom of a dog on the hunt... ?
This is still going on after nearly two weeks. I have baited the house and caught nothing. I wacthed her in the garden yesterday as she 'hunted' for over an hour - often in the same pacth. At one point chased herself round the tree 6 times. I can't work out if she is hunting and now has found a game to ammuse herself, or what.

I took her training yesterday morning and she was great. Straight out to retreive, recalls etc. No problem.
She has started sniffing in different rooms in the house now, and is perfectly content when I make her lie still - if she moves I make her lie some more. Eventually either I stopped the behaviour last night, or she was so tired she was happy to stop. Only to start again this morning.
The only think I can think of (other than the worrying focal seizure) is connected with the drops I am using for her ears. She is much more heightened to senses. I can whisper 'sit' and she will do it, no problem.
The vet can't offer any advice - I saw him to get more ear drops last week.
My pregnant wife sat on the step last week crying. 'I want my dog back', she sobbed.
Oh dear.
Any other thoughts anyone?
Nick
Any other thoughts anyone? Nick

Try a dab of Vick's Vaporub on her nose. It sounds like this has become habit more than anything else. Interfering with her sense of smell temporarily may help break the pattern. Garlic cloves are another option.

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The only think I can think of (other than the worrying focal seizure)

All I can offer is that her behaviour doesn't sound like any focal seizure that I've heard of. And, if it does turn out to be epilepsy-related, it can be effectively controlled with no loss to quality of life.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
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