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My dog keeps dry heaving and it sounds like hes about to spit

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My dog keeps dry heaving and it sounds like he's about to spit up. What do I do?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Candy replied 5 years ago.

I would love to help I just have a few additional questions. After your reply please allow a few minutes for me to type your answer.


What breed is he?


What color are his gums?


Is the stomach larger or harder then normal?


Any chance he ate a non food item like a sock, toy, ball, etc


How long has this been going on?


Customer: replied 5 years ago.
He's a red nosed pit bull, his gums are light pink, his stomach seems to be the normal size , he does get into things a lot so it is possible that he ate something, and Ive only noticed it for about 24 hours..
Expert:  Candy replied 5 years ago.

Thank you.


Has she eaten today ?


Is she passing stool?

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Yes he ate and he used the bathroom this morning
Expert:  Candy replied 5 years ago.

Ok good


There are several things that can cause this.

* Bloat

* non food item in the stomach that he is unable to vomit up however in that case I would expect to see him vomit his food

* Intestinal parasites

* infection or irritation in the throat

* If coughing as well this may be associated with kennel cough.


. A spoonful of honey will help sooth the throat if that is the cause. Pepcid AC may help if he has an upset stomach. This can be dosed at 1- 10mg tablet per 40lbs of body weight every 12 hours.


The one thing I would like you to watch for is enlarging of the stomach. If the stomach become large and hard this could be a condition called bloat. Dry heaving is often one of the first signs we see.

Please read this information so you know what to watch for a bloat is a life threating condition.


If this is still going on tomorrow the he needs to be seen by a vet. If he show any signs of bloat he must be seen right away.


I hope all goes well, please reply back if you have additional questions or concerns


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