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Second opinion] He is coughing and gagging what should I do.

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Second opinion] He is coughing and gagging what should I do.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. What sort of animal are we talking about?

Boxer

Veterinarian's Assistant: OK. Coughing can be worrying. The Expert will know what you should do. What is the boxer's name and age?

Gibbs and he is 5.

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Gibbs?

No he is healthy and active.

Submitted: 1 year ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 year ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 year ago

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Coughing and gagging can represent a simple respiratory infection such as infectious tracheobronchitis ("kennel cough") or severe life-threatening cardiopulmonary disorders such as congestive heart failure, heartworm disease, chronic sterile bronchitis, or neoplasia in the chest cavity. If my patient were exposed to other dogs within the incubation period of 3-10 days for the kennel cough complex, I might be patient and allow the tincture of time to resolve the infection within 1-3 weeks. If there had been no exposure to other dogs, I need to consider the more serious causes of coughing and gagging and carefully auscultate (listen to) and X-ray my patient's thorax (chest). Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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