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Dr. Michael Salkin
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My dog just start with a lot of mucus in s throat kept

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My dog just start with a lot of mucus in his throat kept reaching his nose was warm. He is an 8 yr old 51/2 lb Maltese
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Jess K replied 1 year ago.

Hello, this is Dr. Jess. I see your Maltese is having some problems. So is he coughing/ retching? Is he vomiting? you say he has mucus? Did you see this on his nose or did he vomit it up?

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'll follow up for Dr. Jess for you. Please let me know if you still need help. Accumulating "mucus in his throat" and retching suggests an upper respiratory infection that might become more apparent if he also begins to cough, sneeze, or his respiratory rate increases. If your Maltese has been around other dogs in the last week or so, such a contagious infection is likely. Many dogs will remiss unaided within 10-14 days but may benefit from a prescription antibiotic from their vet. Alternatively, a sudden accumulation of mucus and retching can result from a foreign body that now is lodged in his throat or perhaps gastroesophageal reflux (acid reflux, heartburn, GERD). His symptoms aren't specific for any one disorder and so if he continues to behave in this manner it would be prudent to have his vet take a look at him. Please give me an update on him.