Hi all. Let me start by saying back in mid November, my amstaff mix Ronan started coughing and gagging overnight. By morning, he was coughing up blood and running a fever of 104. We rushed him to the vet, who did x-rays and took bloodwork to do a fungal test (which came back negative). We were given antibiotics after being diagnosed with bronchitis. After 4 days on the antibiotics, the coughing stopped. We did two full weeks of antibiotics and it seemed to be totally gone.
Well, Friday Ronan came into my office and started gagging. I tried not to think too much of it, like maybe he got a hair stuck in his throat or something. All weekend long he has been very lethargic though. Then last night a 1am he came upstairs to my side of the bed and was gagging again. I went downstairs with him and we sat in the bathroom while this went on for about 15 minutes (no blood, just gagging and coughing, and not super bad, just persistent). I stayed downstairs with him until 2:15 and he seemed to be doing fine, so I went back up to bed.
This morning he is acting less active than normal. When I let him outside to go potty, he seemed fine at first, but then he sat down under the tree about 75-100 feet away. I called for him to come back in after about 2 minutes, and he was having a lot of trouble walking - he walked very slow and his legs were stiff, and he was acting confused. Now I'm not sure if something more is going on, or if he doesn't like the way the snow feels on his feet, but this is his 3rd winter and I've never seem him do this. When he came into the house, we went back to my office and he resumed watching the guinea pigs, which is one of his favorite things to do, then after 5-10 minutes he is now sleeping upstairs.
I'm struggling with what to do, because most of the time, other than being tired and sleeping more than usual, he's acting okay. He gets super stressed out at the vets office and they charge a lot also (we spent probably $2-$3k there in 2018). I think today I'm just going to monitor him very closely. Any advice is appreciated. Of course if this progresses we will head to the vet.