Retching/ gaging

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boomish
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Retching/ gaging

Post by boomish » 04 Nov 2019, 10:14

Our beautiful Dexter has got a bit old now (11) and has a torried time of ill health over the past 2 years after being poisoned from something someone left in the park (people dump rotten food, it drives me crazy).

After thousands of pounds of tests he has come through it all but is now a bit slow, but he does this retching now and again, it's not every day and it's not all the time, but he does it most days, I think a build-up of mucus after he's lied down.

Is this just old age? We've asked the vet lots of times but they haven't found anything despite have lots of blood tests. (always seems a waste of money). After he was poisened he suffered from pneumonia, all of it not helped by going to a nasty vet practice in Richmond called Medivet, a subsequent Vet specialist said it could have been caused by them force-feeding him :( but because of the gagging the specialist did a lot of tests, including a swallow test to see if there was any obstruction, he was so ill the vet had warned us to expect the worst. However they found nothing, he was treated for pneumonia and has recovered well apart from this odd gagging that he does.

I can't help keep wondering if there is anything I can do to help him, we have changed his diet now on advice from the specialist and tried some anti-acid, but it never goes away. He doesn't seem to be too bothered by it, but I wondered if any others had experience of older Labradoodles doing this.

Appreciate any advice.
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Alan

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Re: Retching/ gaging

Post by kobi&jazz » 04 Nov 2019, 11:45

Hi Alan & Dexter. So sorry to hear Dexter not feeling too good. My boy Kobi had this retching sound you describe and the vet suspected he had a tracheal collapse. Has your vet mentioned this?? Give him a hug for me xx

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Re: Retching/ gaging

Post by boomish » 04 Nov 2019, 18:23

kobi&jazz wrote:
04 Nov 2019, 11:45
Hi Alan & Dexter. So sorry to hear Dexter not feeling too good. My boy Kobi had this retching sound you describe and the vet suspected he had a tracheal collapse. Has your vet mentioned this?? Give him a hug for me xx
HI Jazz,
thanks so much for your kind message, oh yes I forgot that bit, they did suspect tracheal collapse, they did a swallow test using some X-ray while he ate as they were worried about the cause of his pneumonia, everything looked fine, the only suggestion was diet and possible reflux.

We have moved him to a harness as he does seem to have a sensitive throat, we also had him tested for Pancreatitus recently as every now and again he goes downhill, he starts shaking and seems quite unwell and lethargic. We've been to the vets about 6 times with this kind of random problem, he does a course of anti-biotics and bounces back with a day or so. Maybe hes just old and we should worry so much, but you what its like, as we nearly lost him twice now we are making the most of him every day :)
I hope Kobi is doing ok.

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Re: Retching/ gaging

Post by kobi&jazz » 04 Nov 2019, 19:13

Bless him - it is horrible to see them so unwell.
Like Dexter my Kobi was 11 years old, had been treated for colitis and a UTI, antibiotics & Metacam given - had good days followed by bad days. He was 40kg so a big dood who loved his food so when he went off his food I knew this was not a good sign. The vet said they could operate on his trachea but like any operation no guarantee could be given this would be successful. I felt he had gone through so much already and decided against the op. We took each day at a time but sadly in April this year he was so ill I just knew I had to let him go. It was heart-breaking, and I miss him like crazy but you just know when the time comes. Like you say enjoy and make the most of every day, he sounds a lovely fellow who is obviously loved very much. Do keep us posted. Big hugs.

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Re: Retching/ gaging

Post by AnnaB » 04 Nov 2019, 21:41

Hi Alan, so sorry to hear of Dexter's problems. My little JR Mrs Nest had several months of gaging/choking a year or so ago. Watching her trying to get her breath was so distressing and it frightened her too. The vet's couldn't seem to find a reason for it but did say that it might cause damage to her trachea. We were very careful to avoid any 'activities' that caused her to choke - quiet slow walks, no excitement when greeting people, no going out alone at nights here on the farm to possibly bark/chase passing foxes/badgers etc (this was not a popular restriction with her ladyship I can tell you!). Eventually the problem passed but has left her a bit 'throaty' in that she is snoring when asleep, so I'm pretty sure she has some trachea damage. It also means that we would not agree to her having a GA where a tube was sent down her throat as we have been told that this could cause the trachea to collapse completely. But she is fast approaching 15 so we are ever hopeful that any operations will not be need on the time she has left.
I realise that none of this is really helpful to you, I think time and the avoidance of any 'choke' triggers are all that you can do to help Dexter. Wishing you and him good luck - please keep us informed on his progress.

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Re: Retching/ gaging

Post by Michala100 » 12 Nov 2019, 00:22

My Labradoodle 11 has laryngeal paralysis, I wonder if this is what your dog has. Characterised by a sawing breathing sound, can be accompanied with mobility issues, though in our cases it has just been the breathing issues. Hope your dogs are not too poorly xxx

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