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My dog is salivating excessively and coughing periodically.

Customer Question

My dog is salivating excessively and coughing periodically. She also seems a but agitated.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Christie replied 6 years ago.

Dr. Christie :

Welcome to JustAnswer, this is Dr. Christie.

Dr. Christie :

I am sorry Phoenix is not feeling well.

Dr. Christie :

I have a few quick questions for you.

Dr. Christie :

Has Phoenix had any vomiting or wretching, but not bringing anything up?

Dr. Christie :

What kind of dog (breed) or mix of dog is Phoenix?

Dr. Christie :

Does she have any bloating to her belly?

Dr. Christie :

Any diarrhea?

Customer:

No vomiting or wretching.

Customer:

She is a black and tan coonhound mutt. Tummy is a little bloated. Don't know if she has diarrhea.

Dr. Christie :

If you look at her gums, what color are they?

Dr. Christie :

Pink, pale pink, white?

Customer:

Pink and black. She will accept food and treats.

Dr. Christie :

Good! Is she keeping down water?

Customer:

Yes. Her eyes were watery as well.

Dr. Christie :

Ok thank you for the information.

Dr. Christie :

I am worried that Phoenix is experiencing bloat.

Dr. Christie :

In deep chested dogs, this can be life threatening because as the stomach fills with gas, it can twist on itself.

Dr. Christie :

Some symptoms of bloat include swollen abdomen, excessive drooling, restlessness, unproductive wretching or vomiting.

Customer:

Are the dogs usually in pain?

Dr. Christie :

They can be, sometimes the only indications of pain are the drooling as well as the restlessness

Customer:

Right now, after a small bit of food and a healthy drink of fresh water, she seems less restless.

Dr. Christie :

Is she laying down and then getting up again over and over again?

Customer:

No. She did not respond to our rubbing of her tummy as if it were tender.

Dr. Christie :

If you have some pepto or milk of magnesia I would go ahead and give her some to help with any bloating she may have.

Dr. Christie :

Certainly there are other possibilities-an upset stomach, parasites, infection.

Dr. Christie :

Do you have pepto bismol or milk of magnesia?

Customer:

Looking.

Customer:

We have pepto bismol.

Dr. Christie :

Ok, about how much does Phoenix weigh?

Customer:

About 80 pounds right now.

Dr. Christie :

Ok, go ahead and get two teaspoons of pepto into Phoneix

Customer:

Ok.

Dr. Christie :

Do not allow her to drnk alot of water, small amounts every hour to keep hydrated.

Dr. Christie :

If her behavior continues, the agitation and drooling, get her to an emergency vet quickly!!

Dr. Christie :

Here is a link concerning bloat: http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+1571&aid=402

Dr. Christie :

You may want to put her on a bland diet for a few days of boiled rice and boiled chicken while her stomach settles down.

Dr. Christie :

Then slowly reintroduce her normal kibble to her

Customer:

Will do. Thank you very much. We will keep a close eye on her for the rest of the week and change her diet too.

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