What should you do if your dog keeps gagging like he is choking?
- When a dog seems to be coughing or choking, you may try
stroking him or her on the throat area until there seems to be some
relief. If it continues you should take him or her to your local
veterinary for exam.
- Depends on what breed. I own chihuahus's, they are notorious in
doing that. Especially right after they drink. This is just the
breed and something I have had to get used to. Talk to your vet
that is the best place to start.
- My chihuahua chokes and wheezes pretty often, and I think it
may be something called "reverse sneezing".
- In older dogs, coughing and gagging - almost like coughing up
fur balls - could be a sign of congestive heart failure. This is
very common in labs and shepherds. Take the dog to the vet and they
have medications for that. Be careful though - many medications for
congestive heart failure will lead to urinary tract infections and
very often a lose of bladder control. If that happens, let your vet
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- I have a 13 yo Siberian Husky. He began gagging and coughing
very similar to a cat with a hair ball sound and actions about 5
yrs ago. He rarely ever produces anything, but it sounds absolutely
awful and I would assume painful. I have had him to 3 different
vets, with a couple of answers, that have helped him alot with this
issue. The one vet said he may have congestive heart failure, and
to give him 1 coated aspirin a day. Another vet suggested it may be
an allergy, and to give him 1 benadryl, 2-3 times per day,
depending on how bad of a day he is having. He has a very runny
nose, and often snorts ad sneezes as well. I have been using both
for 5 yrs now. He seems to not have gotten much relief now from the
benedryl, so she now suggests 1-3 Chlorpheniramine Maleate. All of
these can be bought at most any market or drug store, over the
counter. He does really well, as long as I keep him on a good
schedule, and make sure he gets his aspirin for sure. It thins the
blood, so his heart doesn't have to work so hard. But you have to
be careful wih cuts, because it can make them bleed faster and the
blood doesn't clot as fast, due to the thinning, so be watchful of
any cuts. Should you have any vet emergency, you need to be sure
that the vet is made aware you have your dog on aspirin
- Okay- there's lots of reasons why - My 3 year old Min Pin has
esophagus (not sure on that spelling) - but it's irritation in her
esophagus (once again not sure on the spelling) and it makes her
gag and choke when it gets bad.
- I have a lab/rotie/blue healer and she did this. Most of the
time she'll just be sneezing or something that sounds like this.
But she wasn't sneezing, she was choking. most of the time when
dogs do that and there's no other possibility but choking, THEY'RE
CHOKING!!!! My dog was choking on a chicken bone that she had
gotten off the stove. Just give them mineral oil. It depends on how
much they weigh. Also let them eat grass. The oil will give then
the runs so keep them outside.
- As I looked through the above i did not see "HEART WORM" could
be an issue. If your dog is NOT given a monthly HEARTWORM pill your
dog could have HEARTWORM and it's not a good thing.The Heartworm
pill is given to prevent heartworm and people often don't know
that. So,if your dog is NOT on heartworm medication be sure to get
it asap to avoid this devastating condition which has no easy cure
and certainly no cure that is guaranteed. Heartworm is spread
through mosquito and you cannot prevent it without a vet's help.
So,if your dog is hacking it up and you don't know why but you do
know the dog has not been on REGULAR MONTHLY MEDICATION to prevent
it please tell your vet so they can do a proper physical and offer
help (if you can afford it..it's very costly and like I
said,there's no guarantee it works). Telling you from my very
difficult loss of a wonderful St Bernard named Sunshine...at 7 she
got heart worm infestation and though treated for $1500 ,we had to
put her down. Get your dog tested today and see if you can get
medication,it's really cheap for a years worth,like $60...and it's
well spent.And you'll never go through what I did. Roundworms,whip
or hookworms and /or tapeworms can also be a problem and can cause
coughing ! Dogs have to be tested to know what worming type
medication is needed.Take a stool sample in a (closed) ziplock to
your vet from the morning of your apt to set your dog free.