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My dog makes choking sounds intermittently and the sounds

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My dog makes choking sounds intermittently and the sounds like he's going to vomit, but nothing.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Hopefully it didn't make a mess. Did your dog eat anything unusual?
Customer: Not sure apparently this started approx 2 weeks ago per my husband. I was in Japan. However, it seems to be occuring more frequently.
JA: What is the dog's name?
Customer: Sparky
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Sparkly?
Customer: He's a terrier mix, overweight weighs approx 24lbs and about 2-3 months ago I took him to the vets because he was having trouble jumping on couch. Was having pain
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

Welcome! Thanks for asking your question. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian and I will be assisting you today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.

1- What breed is your dog?

2- Any pre existing medical conditions?

3- Age?

4- Any other symptoms?

5- How much does he weigh?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Terrier mix, weighs approx 24lbs (he's a horde of food) , he was a rescue so closest guess he is about 9-10 yrs old. The only previous medical problem was about 2-3 months ago he began having difficulty jumping up on out couches. He was treated by a vet with motion and over a few days he was better.
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

Friend, the hacking/gagging sound you describe could be related to many different medical conditions. It will be difficult for me to determine the exact underlying cause without a hands on examination and some testing. But, common causes are: An upper respiratory infection (a cold); a collapsing trachea, this is when the rings in the trachea become weak and collapse the patient will then hack to re-open the trachea lumen; heart disease, often patients with an underlying heart disease can gag/hack in a similar manner.

In this case, I would strongly recommend a hands on examination with family veterinarian to listen to his heart and lungs to make certain this is not related to his heart. In the meantime, I would start him on Robitussin DM (cough; not sugar free) 1/2 teaspoon every 6-8 hours. You can buy Robitussin DM (cough) over the counter in any pharmacy.

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