Mookie has been making this hacking noise. It sounds like he's about to throw up, but nothing comes up. It first started last night when he was playing with a new toy that Santa brought. He would bark and play with it then start the hacking noise.
He's been eating normal - if not more. Only new things he's been eating is his bully stick and peanut butter filled kong (which he would swallow if he could).
Has anyone experienced this? The hacking comes and goes. At first I thought he was choking on something, but there is usually nothing in his mouth. Should we just bring him to the vet or is this a normal occurrence?
PS - he lost his first baby tooth! :)
sounds like it could be a reverse sneeze. when he does it blow gently in his face, that usually helps it stop.
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It could be a reverse sneeze or possibly a cold. Watch for goopy eyes and nose, that would tell you it is a cold or kennel cough.
Here is a link about reverse sneezing http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Con...S=0&C=0&A=2335
Love the name of your pug! My Mookie was a rescue that I got when he was just under a year old. He is now 7. He has palate issues and reverse sneezes quite often.
I'm not sure what it is. Since I'm at work, I'm even more of a nervous nelly. At least he's home with his daddy. Actually David just told me that he just spit up on him. He said it just looked like spit. Just whiteish clear stuff.
I don't know about the kennel cough. He just got his first shot (up the nose) of his bordella vaccine. The vet said he should get it since we take him to the dog park every day.
Could it be from the bully stick? He chews on that like there's no tomorrow and now the one end is getting gummy and gross.
Has he been tested for worms recently? One sign of roundworm is that the dog coughs it up because it tickles his throat and then swallows it, which is why dogs usually have to be dewormed several times especially when they are puppies.
Should I check the poop for worms (which will be daddy's job)?
First, this is NOT worms. Dogs that have severe roundworms (and only with SEVERE roundworms regurgitate them up) look quite ill, as a rule. Second, it takes a laboratory exam of the stool to see any ova (eggs) or parasites, the fresher the better. The stool is ground up in water and spun in a centrifuge and then the sediment is examined under a microscope. This isn't something you can do at home. Constant regular worming is not necessary unless you let your dog drink from streams and standing water outside. And worming should NEVER be done unless you know exactly which worm is the problem: one drug doesn't get rid of all of the various species. That's why you need to bring stool to the vet.
It could be kennel cough. The vaccine against Bordetella is effective (the nasal vaccine is also better than the injected vaccine) but it takes two weeks or so for ANY immunity to be present. And the vaccine also doesn't protect against all the organisms that cause kennel cough - just the major ones.
Third, dogs don't get colds. Their respiratory trees are too warm to allow propagation of Rhinovirus, the major cause of the common cold. They CAN, however, get bacterial infections of the respiratory tree.
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