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my dog acts like he has a hairball. every 10 mins he gets up

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my dog acts like he has a hairball. every 10 mins he gets up and does a dry hacking cough and nothing comes up. what could it be?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Lazarcheff replied 7 years ago.
Hi,

Sounds like he may have an upper respiratory infection. Is he vaccinated against bordatella?

Dr. Kevin
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
I think so. My friend seems to think he may have something in his throat.
Expert:  Dr. Lazarcheff replied 7 years ago.
Probably not, When they have something caught in the throat it is usually a much more dramatic presentation. With Kennel cough (bordatella), the cough cough cough, and then gag up a little foam or saliva at the end. The vaccine we use is mostly effective, but its not our best vaccine and usually doesn't provide even a years worth of protection.

Is the dog still eating and drinking?, How is his exercise tolerance?

Dr. Kevin
Customer: replied 7 years ago.

Hes eating a little and drinking okay. He was out running yesterday afternoon but today not much action. It kills me to hear him cough like that. I feel so helpless. He's not going to die is he?

Expert:  Dr. Lazarcheff replied 7 years ago.
Upper respiratory infections are usually not life threatening. They do cough allot, and it always seems worse at night. I like the fact that she is still eating and drinking. Get her into the Vet as soon as possible. Usually antibiotics and cough suppressants do the trick.

Good luck,

Dr. Kevin
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