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 My Lab keeps gagging/choking/retching ***Vet trip update*** (semi-good news)
RileyS  [Member]
7/10/2008 12:42:52 AM
I have two chocolate labs, and one of them keeps making a gagging/choking/retching noise every so often. This has been going on for a few months, it sounds very painful and normally I'd be more concerned, but the dog seems fine, I can walk up to him right afterwards and his tail is wagging. Just before he makes a huge retching sound, he begins with a few light coughs, then sounds like he is vomiting his guts out.The dog is 10 years old now, so I think he may be getting up there in years.

The other one, a female, has done it, but nowhere near as loud or as painful sounding. She is in much better shape, the male is very heavy, due to his week knees hindering his ability to exercise. I'm pretty sure the retching is connected to his weight problems, but I'm not even sure what the hell is wrong with him.

Yea it happens about 4 or 5 times a day.

Seems to be getting progressively worse.
MillerSHO  [Member]
7/10/2008 12:46:15 AM
Kennel cough?

Symptoms

The most common symptom is a dry hacking cough sometimes followed by retching. Many owners describe the cough as having a 'honking sound.' A watery nasal discharge may also be present. With mild cases, dogs continue to eat and be alert and active. Many times, there is a recent history of boarding or coming in contact with other dogs. In more severe cases, the symptoms may progress and include lethargy, fever, inappetence, pneumonia, and in very severe cases, even death. The majority of severe cases occur in immunocompromised animals, or young unvaccinated puppies.
RileyS  [Member]
7/10/2008 12:48:24 AM

Originally Posted By MillerSHO:
Kennel cough?

Symptoms

The most common symptom is a dry hacking cough sometimes followed by retching. Many owners describe the cough as having a 'honking sound.' A watery nasal discharge may also be present. With mild cases, dogs continue to eat and be alert and active. Many times, there is a recent history of boarding or coming in contact with other dogs. In more severe cases, the symptoms may progress and include lethargy, fever, inappetence, pneumonia, and in very severe cases, even death. The majority of severe cases occur in immunocompromised animals, or young unvaccinated puppies.


I don't think so, he doesn't get around other dogs often, and every neighborhood dog is healthy.

ETA the symptoms seem to be accurate. No nasal discharge though.
springermania  [Member]
7/10/2008 12:48:55 AM
My standard poodle did the same thing after he ate a good sized handful of rocks. You may want to go get him looked at.
Ares337  [Team Member]
7/10/2008 12:50:11 AM
Hair ball or something maybe? Try some catlax?
hyl3ridtheory  [Member]
7/10/2008 12:50:19 AM
i have a 2yr old beagle....not sure if this is reserved for just that breed but what ur referring to might be called reverse sneezing. my lil guy does it every so often, at first i got real scared and thought he was choking or something, made an awful sound but he was fine after a couple of minutes.

actually was at the vet earlier this morning for a checkup and asked her about it, said theres not much u can do bout it but calm them down. hope thats the case!
Fbuckshot  [Member]
7/10/2008 12:50:42 AM
Dude, no disrespect here, but get both of your dogs to the vet! "This has been going on for a few months. ...while he is just a dog, he's been a member of the family for a decade..." Come on Man, treat them like a family members and get them checked out.
Lennster  [Team Member]
7/10/2008 12:53:02 AM
Go see a vet. Ask around and get a recommendation from friends/family.

I have found out that about 90% of the vets out there are good for sucking your money and are not good at fixing animals. Take your time and find a good one. They will be better at fixing your dog than arfcom.
Waldo  [Life Member]
7/10/2008 12:57:05 AM


See if he's eating grass. It makes my Lab hork every time.
smokiexd45  [Team Member]
7/10/2008 12:57:39 AM
i hope your dog gets better! +1 on seeing a vet.
BigeasySnow  [Member]
7/10/2008 1:02:31 AM
I can't believe you've let this go on for so long without seeing a vet. Seriously. It could be anything including heartworm or heart failure. He may just need a course of antibiotics... GET HIM TO A VET
HK91_Tool  [Team Member]
7/10/2008 1:05:04 AM
See a vet, could be a tumor. If it is persistant like you say. Get it checked out.
RileyS  [Member]
7/10/2008 1:07:41 AM
Yea it happens about 4 or 5 times a day.

Seems to be getting progressively worse.
SST7  [Team Member]
7/10/2008 1:24:45 AM
eta nevermind - I didn't read the whole OP.

sorry about your dog
ColdboreDreamer  [Member]
7/10/2008 2:08:55 AM
Have him checked for a condition called megaesophagus... a dilated esophagus. Food and water don't get all the way down into his stomach and he regurgitates it up, sometimes inhaling it. My German Shepherd had the condition and it can easily complicate into pneumonia. It is serious and can only really be managed with changed feeding practices and elevating water bowls. It didn't reveal itself until he was 12. It was degenerative.
75rifleman  [Member]
7/26/2008 5:27:01 AM
This happened to my dog, he eventually got aspiration pneumonia and almost died. It was thousands of dollars to get him healthy again.
RileyS  [Member]
7/27/2008 2:03:38 AM
I'm sure you'll all be happy to know, I took him to the vet and as I suspected, he's too fat. Nothing else wrong, when he lays down, his throat is compressed and can't breathe right. I feel horrible for letting him get this big, but his food bucket is being put up and I'm sticking him to 3-4 cups a day to drop his weight.
alpha23niner  [Member]
7/27/2008 2:21:51 AM

Originally Posted By RileyS:
I'm sure you'll all be happy to know, I took him to the vet and as I suspected, he's too fat. Nothing else wrong, when he lays down, his throat is compressed and can't breathe right. I feel horrible for letting him get this big, but his food bucket is being put up and I'm sticking him to 3-4 cups a day to drop his weight.


Jesus dude how much does this dog weigh?? We feed our yellow retriever (55 lbs) 2 cups a day and sometimes he doesn't finish it all.