Dogs display a number of unusual behaviors and as a dog owner, you have probably experienced some at one point. One of these behaviors is dog barking and gagging.
It is quite unsettling to hear your dog barking and gagging, as well as being concerned especially if you’re not sure what’s causing the behavior.
We’ll go over the various reasons why dog barking and gagging happens, tips for addressing this behavior, and when to seek help.
Here’s why dog barking and gagging happens
Dog barking and gagging happens due to ingestion of foreign objects, tracheal collapse, laryngeal paralysis, allergies, respiratory infections and due to tight collars. It is important to identify the underlying cause of the behavior, so that you can then take appropriate action to fix it.
What to do when your dog is barking and gagging
First, generally assess the possible reason behind your dog’s behavior. This will quickly help you to act to help your dog. This includes:
Remove any visible foreign objects
If you can see a foreign object stuck in your dog’s throat or airway, try to remove it carefully. If you are unable to remove the object or your dog is not breathing, seek immediate veterinary care.
If you are able to see the object and safely remove it, do so immediately. If you are unable to remove the object or your dog is not breathing, seek immediate veterinary care.
If your dog’s barking and gagging are triggered by a specific allergen or irritant, remove them from exposure to the allergen and also avoid these triggers where possible.
For example, if your dog has allergies to pollen, mold, dust mites, or certain foods keep your home clean and free of dust and also avoid foods they are allergic to.
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Seek medical attention
Gagging is a serious medical emergency that can be life-threatening if left untreated therefore it is important to seek veterinary care as soon as possible if your dog is barking and gagging.
If you are unable to remove the foreign object from your dog’s throat or airway, if this is the cause of the behavior, or if your dog is not breathing, seek immediate veterinary care.
A dog that is showing other symptoms such as gagging, difficulty breathing, or a honking sound when they breathe, needs medical attention.
A veterinarian will examine your dog and determine the cause of your dog’s barking and gagging and recommend the appropriate treatment.
It is important to act quickly if your dog is barking and gagging because early diagnosis and treatment can save your dog’s life.
Key Takeaway: Dog barking and gagging
Dog barking and gagging is a serious medical emergency that requires immediate attention, as it can be life-threatening if left untreated.
If your dog is barking and gagging, it is important to identify the cause and seek veterinary care as soon as possible. The veterinarian will diagnose the cause and recommend the appropriate treatment.