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Old 01-31-2016, 03:43 AM
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Gagging/Choking dog

Echo was lightly gagging/choking early this afternoon, but she's done it before. I kept an eye on her and it seemed to go away and she was fine.
Around midnight she began gagging really badly, and trying to eat the carpet, walls, blankets, licking everything in sight. I took her to the emergency vet. They did xrays and examined her, and found nothing. They gave her anti-nausea meds and she seemed much better.

But I woke up a little bit ago to her gagging even worse than before, hacking up bile. She was really panicky. I called the vet and she was really stumped and didn't seem to know what else to do for her. Her vitals were all normal, no diarrhea, still wants to eat. I really feel like she's choking on something, but if so why wouldn't it show up on xrays?? I'm kind of freaked out right now, and if anyone has any ideas, they'd be appreciated.
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Old 01-31-2016, 06:55 AM
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It could be a collapsed trachea, which should show in the X-ray's. If you could video her when she is having this problem, it might help the Vet diagnose. It also could be as simple as allergy's. Seems an appointment with your own Vet is in order.
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Are you sure she is not "reverse sneezing"? You can look it up on the internet and see if it sounds the same. I have a couple of dogs that do it and it causes no problem.
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Old 01-31-2016, 10:34 AM
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No definitely not. It's so violent bile was spraying everywhere. After a while some blood too because her throat was so irritated. I can feel a lump on the right side of her throat down near her chest, and showed the vet, but the vet didn't think it was a foreign object. She was so desperate I had to crate her with no bedding so she wouldn't eat a blanket, her bed, the rug.

She has since stopped the violent gagging, but is still very down and just sleeping all the time. I'll be taking her to my normal vet to explore more to try to find out what's going on.
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I agree that it could be the trachea. Did anything press on her throat, could be pulling on a collar, could be pressing her throat against something as she investigated some scent.

Zody at times will get to choking for no reason, but sometimes it's when he eats to fast and swallows wrong, and other times it's when he presses his throat against something. He had more problems with it before I finally found a harness that does not press anywhere on his throat.

It's only a few times that I've ever seen him as bad as you describe Echo being. The first time he did it and the worst I ever saw him was after I first got him and he pulled slightly on his collar after I walked him. I got him home and was playing with him when he started coughing, he could not stop coughing and was making himself cough up a bit of foamy liquid, he was so bad that he scared himself. For a few weeks afterwards he'd have the same thing happen but never quite as bad.

He'll still get coughing fits every now and then, lately they are few and far between, a month or two ago he had one bad enough that he was coughing up foamy liquid. I'm not sure what causes it.

Some things I try to help is: Keep him from panicking and getting anxious, the more upset he gets the worse the cough gets. Lifting his head and getting his neck to straighten out a bit, if it's his trachea that seem to help it go back to normal. Giving him a tablespoon of plain yogurt, if he's got something in his throat that's irritating it I've found that the yogurt helps it go down, and it also serves to distract him and get him to relax a little.
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I'd definitely take her to the normal vet and wait to see what they say. I hope it's nothing serious and that she gets better.
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Old 01-31-2016, 08:49 PM
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Thanks guys! She did get her head stuck in the knot of a tree trunk. Wasn't for long and I was right there. But I'm sure in her initial moment of panic she could have hurt her trachea. She has always been very soft throated. She coughs at very light pressure on her collar. She's only on a leash very veryyyy rarely(live on a farm and have a fenced yard) and isn't a puller at all, so generally it's not an issue.

I did notice when she started coughing and gagging if I calmed her down and petted her it seemed to get better. She's been better through the day, pretty much slept until late afternoon. But now she's been up and about more, and I've been giving her small meals of wet food and she's held them down no problem. I will still take her to her normal vet, but hopefully the worst is past.
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Samantha has those coughing cycles occasionally, but we know she has a slight trachea restriction. It shows in Xrays as a slight hourglass shape, but other than occasional coughing, when she gets really excited, or swallows wrong, it is not a major problem, and according to our Vet is not likely to become one. She does occasionally cough up white foamy substance, never blood, and it fortunately is a very short event. She can go months with no problem, then a week or two where it happens with a fair amount of frequency. Maybe aggravated by allergies. The point here is, it may not be anything serious, but you need your Vet to make that call.
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Hope she is fine now.
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