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Makes choking n gagging noises he.is.a.7 year old male.american

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Makes choking n gagging noises he.is.a.7 year old male.american bulldog
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
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Although vets are accustomed to hearing upper respiratory sounds (stridor and stertor) in brachycephalic (short-nosed) dogs, if George's symptoms arose peracutely (suddenly) we would consider an upper respiratory infection such as infectious tracheobronchitis ("kennel cough") first particularly if George had associated with other dogs in a dog park, vet hospital, kennel, or groomer within the last 3-10 days - the incubation period for infectious tracheobronchitis. If this is the case, no treatment is necessary in the great majority of adult dogs such as he because the infection is self-limiting within 7-14 days. Should symptoms persist longer than that, his vet can prescribe either doxycycline or potentiated amoxicillin which should be helpful.

If George's symptoms have slowly arisen and have progressed, however, his oropharynx (back of his throat) needs to be visualized by his vet and X-ray of his respiratory tract would be indicated. We also need to consider that his "choking and gagging" might not indicate a respiratory disorder at all but, instead, esophageal irritation secondary to gastroesophageal relfux (GERD/heartburn/acid reflux) which isn't addressed by antibiotics but, instead, antacids such as the over the counter famotidine (Pepcid Two) at a dose of 0.1mg/lb twice daily.

It's difficult for me to be more specific from here but you do now have an overview of what concerns me with George. Please let me know if you think his symptoms are more referable to his respiratory system (he's coughing/gagging) or gastrointestinal system (he's regurgitating/gagging). This can be difficult to do at times!

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