Q. She chewed up a plastic ball and is now gagging

Dec 14, 2022

She’s acting like she has to throw up but can’t, she keeps coughing like she’s trying to hack out a fur ball. I looked in her throat and tried to pull her tongue out and swoop the back of her throat and didn’t feel anything, now she is walking around licking the carpet

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Thank you for using our service. It sounds like your Australian Cattle Dog may have ingested something that is causing her distress. If your dog has ingested a foreign object, such as a plastic ball, she may be experiencing symptoms like gagging and coughing. If you have not been able to remove the object from your dog's throat, it is important to seek veterinary care as soon as possible. The longer the object remains in your dog's throat, the more likely it is to cause damage or block her airway.

In the meantime, try to keep your dog calm and avoid any activities that may cause her to gag or cough more. If your dog is showing signs of distress, such as panting heavily or struggling to breathe, you should seek emergency veterinary care immediately.

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