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Our dog is acting like there is something in s throat. He

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Customer: my name is Doreen our dog is acting like there is something in his throat. He vomited two but that did help
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: he is gaging and trying to get something up. How can we help
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Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Doc Sara replied 10 months ago.

Hi Doreen - I'm Dr. Sara. I'm a licensed veterinarian who works exclusively with dogs and cats. I'm sorry to hear that your pup has been gagging and vomiting. Do you have any idea what may have set this off?

If you're thinking that something is stuck in his throat, you can try offering a drink of water or something bulky like a piece of bread - the idea being that it could push down whatever is stuck there. If he's gagging continuously and unable to stop and this doesn't help, that's when I'd suggest a visit to the emergency vet.

If the gagging is more intermittent and he's acting normally otherwise, it could be that he just had a tickle or aspirated a bit - like when we drink and get something "down the wrong tube" and have a coughing fit. Many owners who have dogs that have an infectious cough also feel that it sounds like something is stuck in their dog's throat - but it's actually just the way the cough sounds. Dogs with an infectious cough typically will have episodes of coughing, sometimes ending with a gag at the end that produces some clear/foamy saliva. The biggest difference between this and a true esophageal foreign body is that the coughing is intermittent and they're usually still eating and drinking just fine. They're not truly vomiting but rather coughing up saliva. Sometimes a little honey can help soothe a cough until you can get him seen by the vet.

Please let me know what other questions I can answer for you.

~Dr. Sara

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