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My dog is a lab and is outside in a kennel. When we got home

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My dog is a lab and is outside in a kennel. When we got home last night, we noticed that he was making a gagging/coughing noise and he kept throwing up. He finally was able to lie down. I just heard him again making this sound and I am worried.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today. I do apologize that your question was not answered before. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online, read about your situation, and wanted to help.

Again I do apologize that my colleagues could not help you sooner. If you would still like assistance, can you tell me:

How long has he been showing signs?

Can he keep any water down?

Are his gums nice and pink (not white/pale)? Moist or sticky?

If you press on his belly, does he have any tensing, tenderness, discomfort, or pain?

Could he have eaten anything he should not have (iebones, stones, socks, toys, plants, chemicals, human meds, etc)?

Any diarrhea?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He just started showing signs yesterday. (We work and were gone all day, so...). He is drinking, but dry heaving after. His voice and bark sound much better and everything else seems okay. No diarrhea.
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Thank you,

Now in this situation, we do have a few concerns. We first have to be concerned about a nausea inducing agent leading to coughing/gagging as the throat becomes irritated. This means we'd be thinking about GI infections, pancreatitis, parasitic infections, dietary indiscretions, or harmful ingestions (ie plants, toxins, etc). But also we need to consider that we can see vomiting secondary to severe throat inflammation associated with kennel cough and parainfluenza.

With all these in mind, since he sounds so unsettled, we do want to tread with care. If he is drinking and has been able to settle, then something being caught in his throat is unlikely. Still, to address both, we can try Coal on a liquid antacid like Milk of Magnesia (0.5 tsp every 8 hours). This will help settle his stomach but also coat irritated throat. Otherwise, we can use an alternative like Pepcid (MoreInfo/Dose @ or Zantac (More Info/Dose @ and follow it with a throat soothing mild cough suppressant (ie plain honey, honey/glycerin cough syrup or Robitussin DM --but only this one and no similar syrups with dog toxic drugs).

Once he is more settled, you can then start him on small meals of a light diet (ie rice with boiled chicken, white fish, scrambled egg, or cottage cheese) to help with any stomach upset. Or soft foods can be used if you do suspect a primary cough with secondary vomiting.

Overall, we do have a few different concerns based on Coal's history. Therefore, I'd start the above at this stage to see if we can get him more settled and feeling like himself.

I hope this information is helpful.

If you need any additional information, do not hesitate to ask!

All the best,

Dr. B.


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