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My 10 year old shitzu is gagging whenever he barks gets

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My 10 year old...

My 10 year old shitzu is gagging whenever he barks gets excited. It is pretty bad. Can you help me.

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Max

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

He does have bouts with diarrhea off and on the last couple of months

Submitted: 6 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Sally G., Dog Training Consultant replied 6 months ago
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Hello and thank you for using this site to help you. I am sorry your question was not picked up sooner.

Has your pup been around other dogs?

Is there a cough or is the dog gagging?

How long has this been going on?

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
He is gagging, trying to spit something up. Not around other dogs, it’s been about 4 weeks. Seems very painful, his glands on his neck seem swollen.
Dog Veterinarian: Sally G., Dog Training Consultant replied 6 months ago

Thank you for that information. If the glands are swollen then there may be an infection and given his age, I would have your vet do an exam.

Some dogs will do a reverse sneeze and that sounds like they are gagging on something, but this breed is prone to collapse trachea as well which will show the same signs of gagging.

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Dog Veterinarian: Sally G., Dog Training Consultant replied 6 months ago

Because of the age I would also be worried about upper respiratory infection which may need some antibiotics.

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
Tell me if you think he could possibly have cancer
Dog Veterinarian: Sally G., Dog Training Consultant replied 6 months ago

Cancer of course is a possibility but I would not jump the gun.

Heart problems are another cause for this.

Here are some samples of a reverse sneezing, collapse trachea and heart issues.

Cardiac cough:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nv02RYW2TfY

Collapsing trachea:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=042OsjZ5Hvs

Reverse sneezing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UyBrb0Hhpk

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
What cancers do shitzu dogs get
Dog Veterinarian: Sally G., Dog Training Consultant replied 6 months ago

Any dog can get any type of cancer. The fact that you are feeling lumps in the throat like swollen glands suggests something may be wrong. Trying to pin point something over the internet is impossible.

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Dog Veterinarian: Sally G., Dog Training Consultant replied 6 months ago
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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
What cancers are shitzu prone to get.
Dog Veterinarian: Sally G., Dog Training Consultant replied 6 months ago

they are not prone to specific cancers.

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Dog Veterinarian: Sally G., Dog Training Consultant replied 6 months ago

they are prone to heart disease

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Dog Veterinarian: Sally G., Dog Training Consultant replied 6 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Sally G., Dog Training Consultant replied 6 months ago

Here is more on the shihtzu health. cancer is mentioned because this breed lives longer than most so therefore more likely to develop cancer. It does not state that there is one particular kind. But any lumps should be checked. I just don't want you to panic.

https://www.brandonlakesanimalhospital.com/client-resources/breed-info/shih-tzu/

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