Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.
Did this just start last night?
Has he kept the food down?
So, he is wretching more then coughing?
Good, so we have a retch/cough (which suggests throat irritation instead of stomach) but he is able to keep food down.
If that is the case, we'd be thinking about conditions that cause throat irritation without direct effect on the stomach. This means issues like
foreign bodies (ie bones, toys, rock, etc) or gastroenteritis would be less likely.
Instead, we'd be thinking more about issues like Kennel cough, parainfluenza, and possible tracheitis or esophagitis.
Absolutely, all of these would make him feel under the weather.
In regards ***** ***** you can try soothing his throat by giving a few milliliters (1-2 ml or half a spoonful) plain glycerin + honey cough syrup.
You can even use plain honey, as this too will soothe the throat.
A bone being caught would cause us to have a dog that couldn't keep food down and couldn't stop coughing
I am much more suspicious of the conditions I noted above. And if we do have a benign irritation (like the tracheitis or esophagitis) halting the cough with a throat soothing agent may just settle this for him.
If it doesn't completely over the next 12-24 hours, then those infectious agents (kennel cough, parainfluenza) would be suspect and we'd want to have him seen by his vet for evaluation and antibiotics.
So, you can use one of those soothing options, or as long as you have a good read of the label you can use Benylin's childrens tickly cough syrup. Just make sure to avoid any with paracetamol, pseudoephrine or any drugs.
Actually, it is best not to walk him at the moment since any infectious agent he may have would be spread should he cough out on the walk (which is likely how he caught this, as agents like kennel cough can survive for months in the environment).
So, its best to just let him go in the garden and come back in.
But again if we soothe his throat and he is still lethargic or not settling over today, then we'd want to have a check with his vet tomorrow.
As long as he isn't coughing constantly, his gums remain nice and pink, breathing comfortably and he can settle; that is what we are looking for.
And just to note in case you were keen to have him seen today, some veterinary practices in our country have Sunday office hours. As well, most veterinary practices here do have contingency plans for emergency care for their patients even when they are not open. Therefore, if you think he is really miserable or you were worried then it is worth ringing the practice. If they are open, you can get him seen today. If they aren't, then they will likely have a message to direct you on how to contact their out of hours service. And if you don't have a vet you can find one local to you, you can check the RCVS Register (HERE) to find your local Vets Now (LINK) who are open all nights/weekends. In any case, if you wanted to get him checked out sooner then there are options to have him seen today too.
Is there anything else I can help you with today?
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That is doubtful, as rabies vaccines do not cause these kinds of signs. Instead, I'd be more suspicious that he was brewing a respiratory bug that his immune system had in check until the vaccine was given and distracted the immune system.
So, we'd not suspect that vaccines as the root of his signs.
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Hi again, Mark.Since it seemed we were finished chatting, I have swapped into the Q&A mode. If you do have any other questions, don't hesitate to just ask.All the best for Ron,