since yesterday my dog keeps trying 2 be sick hes been sick once but it was just flem do u think his got something stuck in his throat not sure wot 2 do as im not registered with anyone and do not have a lot of money really worried about him he is drinking and eating fine though.
Type of Animal: bull terrier/ staff
Name of Animal: buster
buster still plays with his ball but everynow and again will try 2 be sick we have looked in his mouth and cant see anything stuck and his eating and drinking well.
My name is XX. XX and I will do my best to help you with your question about Buster. I'm so sorry he has you worried.
I would like to reassure you that even though he is doing this, it is highly unlikely there is something stuck in his throat. If that were the case, he would not be able to eat and drink normally.
So that's good news.
I'm also reassured that he will still play and act like he's fine at times. That makes it a lot less likely this is something serious.
thank you ive been so worried
Unfortunately, it is impossible for anyone to diagnose a problem without seeing a pet, but I will tell you what this sounds like.
Buster is acting like he has a mild case of INFECTIOUS TRACHEOBRONCHITIS. People commonly call this kennel cough.
is it life threatning do i need 2 get antibiotics 4 him /
Kennel cough is usually a minor, irritating infection of the airways. It causes a dog to have spasms of coughing during which he will act like something is stuck in his throat. He'll cough and gag and often bring up some mucus. And at other times he'll be fine. Kennel cough is spread through the air and is very contagious to other dogs. It's easy for a dog to pick up.
Most cases of kennel cough are very mild and go away without treatment. Even a mild case, however, will show coughing (sometimes A LOT of coughing) for about 10-14 days before it goes away.
Mild cases do NOT go away any quicker when the dog is put on antibiotics. That is a decision best made by a vet who has examined Buster, however.
If you have any other dogs, it is best to keep him isolated.
no busters our only pet
If he continues to eat and drink and be playful, it should be okay to wait it out and avoid a trip to the vet.
Of course, it's always better to be safe than sorry and have him checked out, but if that's not in your budget, I hope to offer you some reassurance by saying if he were my dog I would wait it out.
so buster can not go out 4 14 days is this right
He can go outside and exercise as much as he can handle. You just want to avoid the opportunity for nose-to-nose contact with other dogs. We don't want him coughing in other dogs' faces.
If , at any point, he seems to become depressed, lethargic, refuses to eat or has trouble breathing, please do seek veterinary attention right away.
Placing him in a warm and steamy bathroom may help to provide temporary relief when he is having a serious episode of gagging.
thank you very much 4 your advice if anything changes with buster will go 2 a vet straight a way
You may also use a human cough syrup containing ONLY the ingredient guiafenisin to take the edge off his cough. That usually comes as a syrup and is dosed at 1cc per ten pounds of body weight every eight hours.
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this has been very helpful i will wait up until 14 days and if nothing changes i will get him 2 a vets thank you.
You're very welcome.
do i put the cough syrup in his food
You can actually squirt it directly in his mouth with a medication syringe.
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Hi Jackie,I'm just following up on our conversation about Buster. How is everything going?Dr. Jo