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My 2.5 yr old border collie is vomiting up mucus and coughing

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My 2.5 yr old border collie is vomiting up mucus and coughing every hour or so. He is still eating and have feed him this morning. he's a little lethargic but not too bad, he'll chase the ball when i throw. He's very clingy too all of a sudden.
Welcome and thanks for asking your question. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian. I am happy to answer your question today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.

1- Did he get into anything or eat something out of the ordinary?
2- Any other symptoms?
3- How much does he weigh?
4- Any pre existing medical conditions?

There may be a slight delay between your follow ups and my replies as I type out a thorough reply for you.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I have been giving him the bones to eat of a shoulder of ham that i cooked. That's the only thing given to him out of the ordinary. He goes to a day care centre two days a week where they feed him but he's been going there the last 3 months or so with no issues. Also both myself and partner have just had the vomiting bug within the last 2 days

Other symptoms are coughing.

He's about 15kg's approx

No pre existing medical conditions.

1- Is the vomiting occuring secondary to coughing/hacking? Or does he vomit without coughing?
2- Did he swallow the bone?
3- As far as the cough, is he hacking like if something is stuck in the throat?
4- Is he eating and drinking?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Yes the vomiting is secondary to the coughing/hacking.

He did eat part of the bone, yes but he has done this before.

The sound is similar to a human cough and at times does sound like something is stuck in his throat.

He is eating, i just gave him some boiled rice and added extra water to it as to get more fluids into him. He doesn't seem to have drank any water from his bowl this morning.

Ger, the coughing/hacking you are describing is consistent with an upper respiratory infection called "kennel cough." Basically, he has a dog cold. The forceful hacking/gagging is secondary to the inflammation in the upper airway and often will lead to vomiting. This can be caused by viruses or bacterias. Often we need to start them on oral antibiotics. In the meantime, start him on Robitussin DM (cough) 1/2 teaspoon every 6-8 hours for the next week. You can buy Robitussin over the counter in any pharmacy (chemist). Limit physical activity (no running) as this will promote the hacking/gagging. Follow up with family veterinarian for oral antibiotics. He shouldn't go to day care for the next several weeks until he recovers or he will infect other dogs.

My goal is to provide you with excellent service – if you feel you have gotten anything less, please reply back. I am happy to address follow-up questions. Thank you for your business and I hope to work with you again soon!

Dr. Peter
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

He's been vaccinated for the Kennel cough and only got a booster in February. And all dogs in the day care have to be vaccinated before entering.

Ger, Kennel Cough is caused by many different viruses and bacterias. The vaccine only protects against a bacteria called "Bordetella," which is the most common cause. He is still susceptible to other bacterias or viruses we don't vaccinate against. Very likely he picked up another bug that is not Bordetella.

Please reply if you have additional questions.

Dr. Peter
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