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Wed, Feb 7, 2024

She is eating good and no fever. But she's coughing and gagging. She ate cat poop.


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Given that Coco has eaten cat poop, one possible cause for her symptoms could be an irritation or infection in the gastrointestinal tract. Consuming feces can introduce bacteria, parasites, or viruses that can lead to gastrointestinal upset or even systemic infection.

Another potential cause for coughing and gagging, unrelated to the ingestion of cat poop, could be a respiratory condition such as kennel cough, which is a highly contagious respiratory disease often characterized by a forceful, hacking cough. It's also possible that a foreign body has been inhaled or is stuck in the throat, leading to irritation and coughing.

At home, ensure she has access to fresh water and a comfortable, stress-free environment to rest. If she is eating and drinking normally and remains active, you can continue to observe her for a short period.

However, if you notice any of the following symptoms, it would be prudent to seek veterinary attention:

1. Persistent coughing or gagging that lasts more than a few days.
2. Difficulty breathing or any changes in the color of the gums.
3. Lethargy or a significant decrease in activity level.
4. Refusal to eat or drink for more than 24 hours.
5. Vomiting or diarrhea, especially if it's persistent or contains blood.

It's important to keep your dog away from other dogs until the cause of the coughing is determined, as some respiratory conditions can be highly contagious. Please report back to me if her symptoms persist or worsen.

If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.