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Old 02-19-2016, 10:19 PM
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Dog throwing up water/white foam - Infection, heart issues or something else? HELP!

Hello all, this is a bit of a follow up since more has changed...

My 13 year old goldendoodle was reverse sneezing/light coughing after she ate and randomly during the day for a few days. She would throw up a tiny bit of water when she would pull on her leash during walks, but I thought that was just more throat irritation. I did get her to the vet and was given an antibiotic for a possible throat infection and an anti-inflamitory. She's been on it for two days now, and she is now randomly throwing up quite a bit of water/white foam mix about 4-5x a day. When she is laying down she also has started grumbling off and on. She still plays well, eats great and seems perfectly happy and doesn't act like she is in pain.

Has anyone encountered this? I have another vet appointment on Monday, and if I could have some ideas or things to ask that would be very helpful - in the event this isn't an infection. Although the vet said her heart was strong, that could be the issue and I'm freaking out a little bit.

Thank you for any advice!
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Hello all, this is a bit of a follow up since more has changed...

My 13 year old goldendoodle was reverse sneezing/light coughing after she ate and randomly during the day for a few days. She would throw up a tiny bit of water when she would pull on her leash during walks, but I thought that was just more throat irritation. I did get her to the vet and was given an antibiotic for a possible throat infection and an anti-inflamitory. She's been on it for two days now, and she is now randomly throwing up quite a bit of water/white foam mix about 4-5x a day. When she is laying down she also has started grumbling off and on. She still plays well, eats great and seems perfectly happy and doesn't act like she is in pain.

Has anyone encountered this? I have another vet appointment on Monday, and if I could have some ideas or things to ask that would be very helpful - in the event this isn't an infection. Although the vet said her heart was strong, that could be the issue and I'm freaking out a little bit.

Thank you for any advice!
You might want to consider getting a referral to an internist and getting an abdominal ultrasound done. Idk. It's good she's not in any pain, but I think you're right to be concerned. That's not normal. A specialist might be able to give you more answers.

Also, consider getting a harness to walk her. At this point with her unknown health problem, a collar on her throat might not be ideal.
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I did get her a harness, and will just let her get her exercise in the backyard for a few days anyway so there is no pressure at all. My normal vet that I'm seeing Monday does have the abdominal ultrasound so I will ask about that and a specialist. Thank you!
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I did get her a harness, and will just let her get her exercise in the backyard for a few days anyway so there is no pressure at all. My normal vet that I'm seeing Monday does have the abdominal ultrasound so I will ask about that and a specialist. Thank you!
Let me know how it goes!

The vets where I worked had an ultrasound machine, but none of them were especially well trained in using it. They could tell generally if something was wrong. But there are veterinary ultrasonogaphers and internists who are able to read them extremely well, and even take tissue biopsies without having to actually open the dog up. It's pretty awesome!
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It actually sounds like a mild case of kennel cough if she was bringing up white foam......but of course at 13 years old you have to be aware of heart problems too. ........

I just went thru a mild case of KC (caught at the groomers) a few weeks ago but since my dog has episodes of reverse sneezing anyway,( she's a mini poodleX) I didn't get concerned until she started to throw up after eating, and also started bringing up white foamy stuff thru out the day...... only lasted about a week as she had a very mild case thank goodness!
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I was wondering if kennel cough could be it as well. It is also a lot of water now with the foam. She plays and messes around still like normal and will have no reaction (coughing, hacking) which is still so bizarre. But just sitting/standing there will cause her to throw up water.

They did mention fluid on her heart would be the next concern, with her age and all but her heart sounded very strong so I sure hope that holds true.

Thank you, everyone, for your help!
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I was wondering if kennel cough could be it as well. It is also a lot of water now with the foam. She plays and messes around still like normal and will have no reaction (coughing, hacking) which is still so bizarre. But just sitting/standing there will cause her to throw up water.

They did mention fluid on her heart would be the next concern, with her age and all but her heart sounded very strong so I sure hope that holds true.

Thank you, everyone, for your help!
Hacking up foam is normal for kennel cough. But if she's standing and just regurgitating liquid, that's not typical of kennel cough at all. Of course, it's also not super typical of heart problems either.

Have they done x-rays yet? That could help figure it out as well. It would show any fluid in the lungs or pericardium.
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I took her to the vet again and she was diagnosed with kennel cough. She was given a cough suppressant that does seem to help. She's much better during the day with only a tiny bit of coughing (like clearing her throat) and she will cough up the foam and a little food if she gets excited, which is only about once a day when she thinks she's going for a walk. She does have 3-5 coughing/gagging fits overnight that rarely result in a mess.

This whole ordeal has only been going on for about a week-ish and it seems like it could take up to 4 to start getting better. I hope this is all sounds pretty normal for kennel cough, her age worries me a bit and my normal vet is still on vacation :\ Thanks, again, to everyone for their suggestions and help!
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