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Question DetailsAsked on 1/23/2014

I have a yellow lab. age 14years old, whom is constantly gagging and coughing, what should I do?

Our dog is a big yellow lab which weighs approx. 135 lbs. but I am worried about the constant gagging, it is like he has something down his throat that he cannot get out.

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I hope you've taken him to the vet for an exam. If not, I'd suggest doing so ASAP. It could be congestive heart failure or, if he isn't on monthly preventative, heartworm.

Answered 6 years ago by ThePetCompany


My 16 year old mix does as well.

Do you feed the dog from an upright feeder? You will want to get all of the items they other poster mentioned checked out for certain. I also know that my pups swallowing reflex and esophageal smooth muscle also weakens over time and hence the reason they can choke.

My friend's dog got a lung infection as a result of the aspiration but was cured up.

Get the dog checked out ASAP though.

Answered 6 years ago by WoWHomeSolutions


Don't keep him in pain - SEE a Vet ! Lots of possibilities - bone or stick stuck in throat, ingest a poison or chemical, lung disease or food aspiration, heart disease or worms, regurgitation and acid reflux due to being overly fat (135 is awfully heavy for a yellow lab, which has normal range of 55-75 lbs, unless he is a mastiff or St Bernard mix or such), worms, tumor, etc.

One other possibility, which our Chesapeake Bay retriever mix had emergency surgery for last year, is laryngeal paralysis - some breeds, including labs, are prone to it. Their throat muscles lose nerve function and the throat muscles relax into the throat, causing choking and gasping and wheezing - can start minor and get worse, or occur almost spontaneously. In extreme cases like our dog's was, can cause choking to point of asphyxiation in no time flat. Can be surgically cured with a laryngeal tieback - permanent stiches to hold throat open, tying it back to the muscles in the neck.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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