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My dog is coughing and gagging and when I tried to clear her

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My dog is coughing and gagging and when I tried to clear her throat she had some a little white foaming stuff she spit up. I am panicing
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Barbara replied 2 years ago.
Hi,I'm Dr. Barbara and I'd be happy to help you and Lilyclaire tonight. To better understand your situation, is Lilyclaire breathing OK? Has her cough been going on for awhile, or is this new tonight?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
started tonight, her breathing seemed labored only when she was in extreme distress.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
when she brings up just a teaspoon or so of white spit then she is ok for a few min. I had notice for about a week her sort of doing the reverse sneeze when she had a treat
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
She sounds like a small child with the croup
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Are you still there?
Expert:  Dr. Barbara replied 2 years ago.
Thanks for your reply. Sounds like Lilyclaire has either an infection in her tonsils or pharynx, or has allergies, or has a foreign body stuck in her throat, very common in dogs this time of year. If she is still eating well, then I would try some Benadryl tonight to alleviate her allergies and help her rest. The dose is 1 mg/pound of body weight every 8 hours. If she is still having problems tomorrow, then I would have you vet take a look. To look in the back of her mouth and throat, your vet will most likely have to sedate her.Is she eating OK. . .in between the coughing/sneezing bouts?
Expert:  Dr. Barbara replied 2 years ago.
Sorry, I'm not the speediest typer!How is Lilyclaire right now?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
She did not eat as usual today.
I put her on her back and held her and it stopped for now. She had been bad for about an hour or more prior.
Expert:  Dr. Barbara replied 2 years ago.
To determine if she is in an emergency situation, I need to know if she can breath OK. Are her tongue and gums nicely pink or are they bluish (cyanotic)?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
She has settled down a bit, if she can sleep for a bit, I can take her in tomorrow.
I was very scare a bit ago.
Expert:  Dr. Barbara replied 2 years ago.
Totally understand! Glad that she is resting some. Right now, are her gums and tongue nice and pink?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
They look fairly normal
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thanks again. she is resting for now and I can relax as well.
Expert:  Dr. Barbara replied 2 years ago.
That's good to hear. I'd try the Benadryl. If this allergically caused then this will help her. It also has a sedative effect for peaceful sleep.I'm glad we were here!Good night.Dr. Barbara