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1- What breed is your dog?
2- Any pre existing medical conditions?
4- Any other symptoms?
5- How much does he weigh?
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Friend, the hacking/gagging sound you describe could be related to many different medical conditions. It will be difficult for me to determine the exact underlying cause without a hands on examination and some testing. But, common causes are: An upper respiratory infection (a cold); a collapsing trachea, this is when the rings in the trachea become weak and collapse the patient will then hack to re-open the trachea lumen; heart disease, often patients with an underlying heart disease can gag/hack in a similar manner.
In this case, I would strongly recommend a hands on examination with family veterinarian to listen to his heart and lungs to make certain this is not related to his heart. In the meantime, I would start him on Robitussin DM (cough; not sugar free) 1/2 teaspoon every 6-8 hours. You can buy Robitussin DM (cough) over the counter in any pharmacy.
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