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i don’t know how to tell if she’s choking


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The combination of licking and hacking could indicate a problem in the throat or respiratory system, such as a foreign body that may be partially obstructing the airway, or it could be a sign of allergies or an upper respiratory infection. The weight loss and bad breath might suggest dental issues, which can lead to systemic effects and discomfort, potentially causing the licking and hacking as a response to the pain or nausea. Difficulty breathing is a concerning symptom that could be related to respiratory issues or even heart disease, especially in a 7-year-old dog.

If she continues to scratch excessively, an Elizabethan collar can prevent self-inflicted injury. Since you're worried about choking, gently check your dog's mouth and throat for any visible obstructions. And watch for any signs of labored breathing or if she's breathing faster than usual. Count her breaths per minute when she's at rest—normal is 15-30 breaths per minute.

If your dog's condition doesn't improve or worsens, it's crucial to seek professional help. In particular, if she shows signs of extreme distress, collapses, has a blue tinge to her gums, or if her abdomen seems swollen and painful, these are emergencies that require immediate veterinary attention.

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