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Old 01-21-2019, 09:26 AM
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Dog is coughing, gagging, and acting strange

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.
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Hi FelliStudios.
I'm sorry Ronan isn't feeling 100%
May I ask how old he is and if he has been in contact with other Dogs who may have the same symptoms? If you could also describe the cough to me. Is it a deep, dry, hacking cough? Or Is it a high pitched, squeal like cough?
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Try doing a video if him, while he is coughing, and having trouble walking. Send it to your Vet, it may help with the diagnosis.
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Ronan is 3 and a half. He hasn't been in contact with any other dogs. His cough sounds a lot like kennel cough actually, but he's on the bordetella vaccine and like I said, we're not around other dogs much at all. I have my phone on the charger today and ready to take videos.

It scares me to think about, but could he be having heart failure?
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When was his last Bordetella vaccine?
Kennel cough can be easily treated if he has it. Please don't worry too much.
If it is Kennel Cough. He will get a script of Antibiotics. Usually enough for 2 to 3 weeks. Which in most cases, works very well.
Have you noticed any other symptoms, like difficulty breathing?
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I believe he got his vaccine for it just 2 weeks ago at his annual checkup.

He doesn't seem to have difficulty breathing, but he does tend to zone out, especially during the coughing. He will stare straight ahead and he looks very tired.
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That could be a sign of heartworm or heart issue, honestly. I would really take him to the vet.
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Do you walk him on a collar and if so does he pull on it when walked?
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Taking him to the VET for a proper diagnosis would be ideal. What you've described sounds like Kennel Cough. However, because I can't physically see the Dog, I am unable to make a diagnosis for you.
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Thank you everyone for your input!

I monitored him yesterday and he is acting like himself again. I believe I have found the problem. I feel incredibly stupid not realizing it until now. Our gas dryer has been venting inside of our house instead of outside. On the days he has had these coughing attacks, I have done laundry.

Apparently having your dryer vent into your house can cause respiratory problems and confusion because of carbon monoxide and dust particles... I want to hope and pray this is the problem and that we can take care of it quickly. We opened our windows for a half hour today and let some clean air in. We'll be fixing the dryer soon and purchasing and carbon monoxide alarm. Please no hate, I am only human and I didn't realize this could be causing such an issue. Hopefully we will be on our way to better health soon!
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