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1- Can you describe how does he act weird when he cries and urinates?
2- How much does he weigh?
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Friend, the cough you are describing is consistent with an upper respiratory infection called "kennel cough." Basically, he has a dog cold. The forceful hacking/gagging is secondary to the inflammation in the upper airway and often will lead to vomiting. This can be caused by viruses or bacteria. He may need oral antibiotics from your family veterinarian. In the meantime start him on Robitussin DM (cough) 1/4 of a teaspoon every 6-8 hours for the next week. Limit physical activity (no running) as this will promote the hacking/gagging.
As far as the crying/urinating episodes, you are right, it does sound like he is seizing. Crying is very common before, during or after a seizure. In a puppy a very common condition that would cause him to seizure is a liver shunt. I would highly recommend having him checked by a veterinarian to rule out a liver shunt.
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Basically this is when there is a vessel that is bypassing the liver going directly into the systemic circulation. It is diagnosed by doing a special type test called a Bile Acids. In addition, your vet may need to do an abdominal ultrasound. As far as treatment, if it is single shunt he would need surgical correction. You should know that there are many other causes for seizures. But, the first place to start would be a hands on examination with family veterinarian and some blood work.