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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My 13 year old lab has resently gone off s food and has been

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my 13 year old lab has resently gone off his food and has been vomiting. he also has that gagging issue Ive seen on youtube re soft pallette.
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Jess K replied 11 months ago.

Hello, this is Dr. Jess. I am sorry to hear about your dog. Can you tell me is the gagging a new issue along with the decreased appetite and vomiting, or has he had the gagging issue his whole life?

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. It's important to note that at 13 years of age your Lab doesn't have the reserve of a much younger dog. "Watchful waiting", then, shouldn't exceed 24 hours when inappetence and vomiting have arisen. These are nonspecific symptoms and aren't pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of any one disorder and so his vet will want to perform a thorough physical exam including diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests.

His gagging may or may not be related to his inappetence and vomiting. We do worry about laryngeal paralysis (rather than an overly long soft palate) in an elderly Lab who is coughing and gagging particularly with a terminal retch.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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