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My dog just woke up and started gagging/ dry heaving .. it sounds like hes about to throw up but nothing is coming out . its been going on for about a hour. he drank some water and ate a treat and seems fine otherwise. hea dry heaved before just not for this long of a time.

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Hurley 6

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

Hes healthy golden retriever

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Dog
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Dog Specialist: Dr. Gary, Dog Veterinarian replied 7 months ago
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Dog Specialist: Dr. Gary, Dog Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Given these signs, I would take him to an ER vet to make sure this is not bloat.

Bloat is where the stomach twists. It's common in older large breed dogs. It comes on suddenly and we see dry heaving and abdominal distension. The treatment is surgery to de-rotate the stomach and then tack it to the body wall so it can't happen again. With surgery, we have a 90% success rate. Without surgery, it's fatal in most dogs.

Here is a nice write up on the condition. I hope it's not the case, but I wouldn't want to risk not doing anything.

http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=672

I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.

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