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Can you tell me a bit more...is his appetite normal? Was he recently neutered?
Ok, great thank you for the information. Do you know if he received the bordetellla vaccine for kennel cough?
Great, thanks for that...very helpful. Since it looks like he did not get the kennel cough vaccine, it is possible that he may have picked up an upper respiratory infection. This is a very common, very contagious infection that dogs can get at the shelter or within a few weeks of leaving the shelter. The other possibility is that he has eaten something that caused irritation to his throat. Have you seen him chewing on any cords or hard chew toys?
Those should be fine. If he has kennel cough, he may need to get antibiotics and a cough suppressant if he is coughing very frequently. It is best to quarantine dogs and ensure they rest their airways as much as possible to help clear the infection quickly. Dogs with kennel cough usually are energetic with normal appetites. If it is something else, he would be lethargic and likely not eating well.
As long as he is eating and breathing comfortably, with nice pink gums, and not uncomfortable, it should be ok to wait. If he seems very uncomfortable or if you see more bile and vomit, then it would be good to take him to a local ER vet today.
You're welcome. Congratulations on your new adoption. I hope you have many happy years together. Feel free to reach out if I can assist you further.