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Why Does My Dog Keep Gagging? Read This To Find Out

Why Does My Dog Keep Gagging? Read This To Find Out

Gagging is a common occurrence among many dogs. Dogs gag for many different reasons, not all of them serious. Some of the most common reasons for gagging are to clear their throats, excess salivation, and eating something they should not have.

Today, we’ll go through some signs your dog may be gagging and what you can do to help them feel better. We’ll also take a look at the potential causes of gagging in dogs so you can then figure out if it’s just a temporary inconvenience or something that needs to be addressed by a veterinarian.

Section 1: Signs of gagging in dogs Section 2: Reasons for gagging in dogs Section 3: What can you do to help a dog who is gagging? Section 4: What should be done if your dog keeps gagging? Section 5: Conclusion

Signs of gagging in dogs

Sometimes dogs will gag when eating something they shouldn’t have, or during an emotional time.

To get the most accurate description of what is happening, it’s helpful to think of gagging as an issue with their respiratory system. It may be a temporary problem or even something that may lead to long term problems.

Gagging is typically a reaction of the esophagus. This leads to some coughing. If they start to cough a lot, this can be a warning sign that the problem is getting worse.

Another sign is that the dog has trouble swallowing. This may be due to a tooth, the food getting stuck or being chewed so much that they have difficulty swallowing it.

On a medical level, this may indicate that there is a blockage somewhere along the line.

Reasons for gagging in dogs

Gagging can happen for a number of reasons and is not always related to a problem of the throat. There are also different reasons why dogs may gape or gag. It’s really best to know what is making your dog gag so you can deal with it.

Canine Conjunctivitis: The obvious cause for gagging is a possible infection or inflammation of the eyes.

While gagging may be the sign of some form of eye or skin infection, it’s also possible it could be nothing more than a more typical case of bad breath, or just a small annoyance.

It’s usually not an immediate problem but if you find that your dog continues to gag after you’ve given the dog a treatment, it’s a good idea to get your dog evaluated by a veterinarian.

What can you do to help a dog who is gagging?

If your dog is having problems with eating or she’s very gassy, it’s time to call a veterinarian. You don’t want your dog choking on something, nor do you want them to be excessively salivating.

The best treatment for gagging is removing whatever causes the choking. Some dogs have asthma so if you notice your dog is going from frantic panting to barely being able to breathe, this is a strong sign.

Your dog may also have a food allergy and getting their allergy symptoms treated can solve this problem.

Don’t be afraid to talk to a veterinarian about your dog’s symptoms and you will be in the best position to take care of your dog.

It’s never good to hesitate if your dog is in discomfort or choking and you want to get them to the best veterinarian possible to fix the issue.

What should be done if your dog keeps gagging?

Most often, the worst cases of gagging that dogs experience is associated with their food source. If your dog is getting into, eating, or chewing on things that they shouldn’t, take note and make a note of what food is your dog is the most likely to eat.

Is it something that’s just too difficult to remove from their mouth? Is it something that’s near the dog’s throat or mouth, and you’re worried they’ll choke? Most likely, the answer to that question is yes, they should get that food out of their mouth as soon as possible.

On the other hand, if your dog starts gagging because of something that’s in their stomach, gagging is usually the best indicator to take your dog to the vet. The most common cause of stomach gagging is suspected as Giardia, or parasite.


There are several potential causes of a dog gagging, but you should always seek veterinary attention for any gagging issues that come up.

A vet will be able to rule out some of the more serious causes and treat your dog accordingly.


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