She had a loud cough kinda like gagging. Sounds like she’s throwing up but it’s just dry. She had a wheezing like she can’t catch her breath.
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A cough that sounds like gagging, often referred to as a "goose honk" cough, can be a sign of Canine Infectious Tracheobronchitis, commonly known as kennel cough. This is a highly contagious respiratory disease among dogs, often caused by the Bordetella bronchiseptica bacterium. However, since you've mentioned that your dog hasn't received any vaccinations, it's also possible that she could be susceptible to other infectious diseases that can cause similar symptoms.
Another possibility is a condition called tracheal collapse, which is more common in small breeds but can occur in mixed breeds as well. This is a structural problem where the tracheal rings do not maintain their shape, leading to difficulty breathing and a characteristic cough.
Heart disease can also present with coughing and difficulty breathing, as can lung problems such as pneumonia or a foreign body that has been inhaled into the airways.
At home, it's important to monitor your dog's breathing and activity levels. Ensure she is in a stress-free environment, as excitement can exacerbate coughing. Keep her well-hydrated and avoid using collars that put pressure on her throat; a harness is preferable.
If your dog is experiencing any of the following symptoms, it would be a situation where veterinary attention is necessary:
- Blue or pale gums, which indicate a lack of oxygen.
- Extreme lethargy or collapse.
- Persistent cough that disrupts sleep or lasts more than a few days.
- Refusal to eat or drink.
- Signs of distress or difficulty breathing that worsens rapidly.
In the meantime, keep a log of her symptoms, including when the coughing occurs, its frequency, and any other changes in behavior or appetite.
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