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Hi Dr. Christy,
His last meal was dry kibble about 10 minutes ago. It has not come back up. He ate his evening meal partly, but left half of it (typical). I started him on a new dog vitamin (Trader Joe's generic chewable) about ten days ago. Also started him on "Missing Link" supplement from the vet. He seems to like the vitamin, less crazy about the grainular missing link (it looks like ground flax seed and can be rather dry on top of his dry kibble).
He is a twelve year old golden retriever in good health for his age. No known illnesses. He last exercised at 5 pm and his activity level was normal. He did not eat grass (there is lots of grass at the park where I take him). His symtoms started yesterday morning. They appear occassionally--I don't think they wake him up, but when he's up, he does it every 30 minutes or so. It's less of a cough and more of an attempt at vomiting (about 6 heaves, then a vomit attempt and then about a penny of clear fluid).
I tried to gag him with my finger and while he allowed me to do it, he just gagged a bit, but no vomit.
He has slightly loose bowels and pee is normal. He peed about ten minutes ago. No bowel movement this morning (he usually waits until mid day).
I am concerned that it is stuffing from a toy or a plastic piece from a toy (such as an eye). I did not observe him chewing on anything at the time of onset, but he's known to chew his toys apart and spit out the pieces (he doesn't appear to swallow anything).
His demeanor is normal--happy.
His gums are pink and he doesn't have skin tenting.
His last vacine for kennel cough was probably 18 months ago. He lives with one other golden and that dog is fine.
I hope that gives you some background that is helpful. The real question is do youu think that this constitutes an emergency (I'd have to go to a special er vet because it's the weekend and my vet is closed). Or is it a situation where I should observe and take in if X or Y happen?
Thanks for your help,
Thank you, that's very helpful! I will monitor him closely and follow up with the vet if necessary. I think it was very helpful that you mentioned the specific signs to look for.