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My dog has been hacking/coughing after eating and drinking

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My dog has been hacking/coughing after eating and drinking water. She also is licking her lips a lot. It wakes me up at night.
I read somewhere that her stomach could be twisting?
What do you think?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Loretta replied 5 years ago.

Hi there and welcome to Just answer!! I am Dr. Loretta, a licensed veterinarian and I am happy to answer your question.

There is a condition called Laryngeal paralysis that can cause these types of symptoms. The Larynx helps to stop food and fluids from going down the trachea rather than the esophagus. If one of them is paralyzed, this will cause this gagging when eating or drinking. Have your vet examine Silken to know for sure, There is a surgical procedure that can be curative. These symptoms do not sound like a twisted stomach.

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
She doesn't start doing it until maybe 10 mins after she eats. Does that change anything?
Expert:  Dr. Loretta replied 5 years ago.
This may indicate that the cough could be caused by another issue such as Heart disease. This still could be Laryngeal Paralysis but your vet will have to rule out other issues that will cause a cough and gag.