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Dog keeps gagging and coughing up white mucus

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19 Jul 2021

Dog keeps gagging and coughing up white mucus
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19 Jul 2021

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19 Jul 2021
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
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Dr. Michael Salkin is typing. Please be patient.

19 Jul 2021
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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian

How old is your dog, please?

19 Jul 2021
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19 Jul 2021
1 year
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19 Jul 2021
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian

Thank you. Such a young dog is most likely suffering from the canine infectious respiratory disease complex ("kennel cough") particularly if your dog had associated with other dogs in the past 3-10 days, the incubation period for that complex. In most cases, these dogs will go into remission within 1-3 weeks unaided and so I rarely treat them with antibiotics. If they worsen instead of improving in the week following the onset of their symptoms*, your vet can prescribe one of the antibiotics of choice - doxycycline or amoxicillin/clavulanate. The vet might also send home a narcotic cough suppressant. It's best to avoid over the counter cough suppressants which usually contain dextromethorphan and alcohol - neither of which are recommended in dogs due to lack of efficacy and toxicity at higher doses. You're likely to find that a teaspoon/tablespoon (small/big dog) of honey every few hours will be more helpful in controlling coughing.

*Worsening can also indicate the less common canine influenza which is more likely to progress into pneumonia than does kennel cough.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

19 Jul 2021
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19 Jul 2021
can the coughing be a symptom of a blockage?
19 Jul 2021
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19 Jul 2021
because he did vomit 2 days ago and his poop has been diarrhea as of late.
19 Jul 2021
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19 Jul 2021
we gave him rice and chicken for dinner yesterday
19 Jul 2021
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19 Jul 2021
hes been eating fine and energy levels has been the same.
19 Jul 2021
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19 Jul 2021
the gagging started today
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19 Jul 2021
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian

No, coughing is a respiratory sign.  Vomiting and diarrhea are gastrointestinal signs and these signs can be concurrent.

19 Jul 2021
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19 Jul 2021
vomit / coughing if it produces this Ill attach an image
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19 Jul 2021
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian

Coughing can result in a terminal gag often confused for vomiting.

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19 Jul 2021
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19 Jul 2021
he coughed out that or vomitted that
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19 Jul 2021
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian

He appears to have gagged up throat phlegm.

19 Jul 2021
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19 Jul 2021
his liquid diarhhea ?
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19 Jul 2021
would be something else, if it is kennel cough
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19 Jul 2021
this was his poop a couple hours ago
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19 Jul 2021
hes about the same level of energy / perosnality wise his fine
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19 Jul 2021
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian

Diarrhea is unrelated to his cough.There are too many possible causes of diarrhea to list in this venue but if it has lasted more than 72 hours, consider presumptive worming with an over the counter pyrantel- (Nemex, many generics) or fenbendazole-containing product (Panacur, Safeguard).

19 Jul 2021
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19 Jul 2021
okay
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19 Jul 2021
would there be anything we need to be concerned about with the cough / phelgm being spit up?
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19 Jul 2021
how long does it last for ? does he need medicaiton?
19 Jul 2021
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19 Jul 2021
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian

Please review my initial post above.

19 Jul 2021
Customer reply
19 Jul 2021
okay thank you we will try the honey
19 Jul 2021
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19 Jul 2021
One more question: kennel cough can affect any dog even with their vacciens up to date ?
19 Jul 2021
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19 Jul 2021
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin

You're quite welcome.

Yes, the vaccine isn't fully protective due to the number of infectious agents that can cause "kennel cough"/

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