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Boots has been acting like he has a hairball. It's like he's trying to clear his throat. Will it go away?

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It sounds like Boots is experiencing some discomfort that is causing him to act as if he's trying to clear his throat, which you've likened to a hairball-like symptom. In dogs, this behavior can be associated with several possible issues, including kennel cough, a foreign body stuck in the throat, allergies, or even throat irritation.

Given that Boots has been showing these symptoms for a week, it's important to consider some at-home care that may help alleviate his discomfort. First, ensure that Boots has access to fresh water at all times, as staying hydrated can help soothe his throat. You can also try offering him wet food, which might be easier for him to swallow if his throat is irritated.

If Boots is otherwise healthy, active, and eating well, you can monitor him closely for the next day or two. However, if he's showing any signs of distress, such as difficulty breathing, excessive coughing, gagging, or if he's unable to eat or drink, it's crucial to seek immediate veterinary care as these could be signs of a more serious condition.

In the meantime, keep Boots in a calm environment to help reduce any potential stress that could exacerbate his symptoms. If he spends time outdoors, limit his exposure to irritants such as smoke or pollen, which could be contributing to his throat irritation.

If Boots' symptoms persist or worsen, or if you notice additional signs such as lethargy, loss of appetite, or a change in his bark, it would be wise to have him evaluated by a professional. These could be indicative of an underlying issue that requires medical attention.

Remember, while it's not uncommon for dogs to occasionally cough or gag, persistent symptoms should not be ignored. It's always better to err on the side of caution and have Boots checked out if there's any doubt about his health.

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