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1- Is he gagging/hacking like if something was stuck in his throat?
I am sorry that you are having this problem with your dog. The hacking/retching you are describing is consistent with an upper respiratory infection. 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. This is not an emergency, but, I would have him checked by your family veterinarian, he may need oral antibiotics. In the meantime, you can start him on Robitussin DM (cough) 1/4 teaspoon every 6 hours. You can buy Robitussin DM (cough) over the counter in any pharmacy. Do Not buy sugar-free.
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