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My dog coughs and gags like theres something stuck in her throat

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My dog coughs and gags like theres something stuck in her throat but shes eating and drinking fine. could there be something stuck?
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1)What breed is your dog?

2) How old is your dog?

3) When did this start?

4) Is it worse with activity or rest?

5) Worse in the morning or the evening?

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

she is a staffie

10 years old

started yesterday

worse with activity


If she is eating and drinking, and this is staying down, a blockage of sorts would not be expected.

Coughing can be caused by several causes with this age/breed including:

Kennel Cough
Viral tracheaitis
Heart enlargement
Infectious causes of acute bronchitis
Pulmonary hypertension

With that said, if the signs persist or worsen, I would consider a check-up with your veterinarian (especially if other dogs in the house develop similar signs).

They may recommend x-rays to make sure there is no evidence of pneumonia and also to listen to the heart and look at the heart on the x-rays with the lungs.

If there is a concern for infection, antibiotics will likely be prescribed.

For congestion, many owners find humidification helpful. This is achieved with a children's / baby's humidifier for 10-15 minutes twice daily, or using the steam from a hot shower - this will allow humidification and help to moisten the airways for mucous breakdown and to improve congestion.

Cough medications can be considered as well - an example is Dextromethorphan (link here). Often before using cough medications, x-rays are used to make sure that there is not a primary or secondary pneumonia as cough medications slow down the treatment of pneumonia.

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