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Winston is "dry heaving" and gagging.

It started yesterday but already started again this morning. He will do like a dry heave, gag and sometimes throw up liquid. He is eating his food and drinking water. He seems depressed and just isn't running around like usual. When he does start to be active, he will start doing it again. do you think its a "flu" or maybe something with his soft pallet? Not sure of what to look for with soft pallet. We were told several months ago he would need to have something done with it later. If its just an upset stomach, what can I give him or do I NEED to take him to the vet?
Thanks for the advice


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Kathy Ollie Chester and Newman's picture

If he's doing it frequently...

and it sounds like he's trying to hack something up and bringing up phlegm, I agree with Lynn, it sounds like kennel cough. Has he been in any public places lately? Upper respiratory infections will probably need antibiotics. Oscar had this once, he got really bad on super bowl sunday and he had to take him to the ER vet. Fortunately, every one else was home watching the SB and we were the only ones there. They gave him antibiotics and cough meds. It takes about 10 days to go away and is highly contagious.

Kathy and the O's

this was a daily ritual

and more prominent in the morning with Chester prior to his pallet surgery.

When he would throw up it was regurgitation as opposed to vomiting. The vet explained this to me as when vomiting they work at it and comes with a warning. When regurgitating no warning and no working to bring it up. The later would happen if he played too hard and usually after eating.

This went on for months and with the regurgitation he would aspirate, which would cause him to get pneumonia.

Sounds like kennel cough

Call your vet in the morning and see what he has to say.

Lynn King CPDT

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We did take him in public last weekend....

but we only ran into one dog. Is it an airborne thing that you don't even have to be in close proximity to the dog??? This could put a scare on us taking him in public again. kinda stinks.

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I'm thinking that is what he has......

does he HAVE to be on meds to get thru it or will it run its coarse on its own without meds. It has only been two days with it.
We are leaving on a vacation in 10 days and I sure hope he gets over it and feeling better cause we are suppose to kennel him. Poor guy, he wants to play so bad but everytime he starts to run he has to stop to "gag". We are just happy to see him out of his kennel. All day yesterday and this morning he didn't want to move out of his kennel so we were glad to see him at least trying this afternoon and evening.

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rottigirl's picture

In my experience...

Kennel cough is more of a dry cough. Yes, dogs can still get it even after vaccination. The vaccine is sort of like the flu shot - it only covers certain strains. Plus, if dogs are in constant proximity to strange dogs (like in shows), it's recommended that the dog be vaccinated every six months vs yearly.
It sounds to me (and I'm no expert) that your dealing more with a palate issue. The vet explained said that it can almost be like a finger in the back of your throat, stimulating the gag reflex. The snorting could be him trying to clear his throat of an irritant (like the reverse sneeze) which can then cause him to gag. Poor guy...hope he feels better soon.



Kathy Ollie Chester and Newman's picture

Bordatella vaccines are like flu shots...

there are a million strains of flu and the shot covers 10. So it is possible to get kennel cough even if he's been innoculated. Do you take him in public a lot? Oscar caught his at Petsmart, it happened 10 days after we were there and he was miserable. How long has this been happening, did he just start it in the last couple of days?

Kathy and the O's

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another question on kennel cough...

alot of times it sounds like he is "snorting" about 3-4 times before he starts gagging. He had been around a puppy (9 weeks old) last week, do you think that is possible to get from the puppy--even after getting a shot for kennel cough about 6 months ago?

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I never thought of kennel cough....

even though he had received a shot for that before we boarded him about 6 months ago?? Can he still get it? We were thinking maybe a flu or something to do with his soft pallet? He just isn't himself although he does still eat and drink. Just very lazy and "depressed" and not himself.

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