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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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My 10 month old border collie pup appears in good health and

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My 10 month old border collie pup appears in good health and is eating and drinking fine and full of life. But he is occasionally gagging a little bit or giving an odd cough. He had a bone a couple of days ago and wondered if he could have scratched his throat. I have checked his mouth/throat and all looks fine as far as I can see and felt around his throat externally and he seems OK in every way. What could this be and is there any treatment
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I understand your concern. By the principle of Occam's Razor, however, it's likely that such a young dog as Flynn is exhibiting the signs of oropharyngeal irritation as you alluded to or perhaps has picked up infectious tracheobronchitis (kennel cough) after associating with other dogs 3-10 days ago - the incubation period for infectious tracheobronchitis. He's feeling and acting too well for me to consider more serious causes of occasional gag/cough - neuromuscular disorders, cardiac disease, and lower respiratory disorders involving his lungfields. There's no reason to treat in any manner at this time but I would have Flynn checked by his vet should those symptoms persist for more than two weeks or, indeed, exacerbated. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.