Why does my dog gag randomly?

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Gagging and coughing can be a sign that your dog is suffering from a roundworm infestation.

You may see worms in your dog's stool or in their vomit.

Heart Disease. Gagging can be a sign that your dog is suffering from heart disease, especially in senior dogs.

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A cough that involves a choking sound can be worrisome.

Common causes of this symptom include reverse sneezing, pneumonia, kennel cough, heart disease, collapsing trachea and a foreign object lodged in the throat.

Usually, these irritants cause a dog to sneeze, but some dogs experience a reverse sneeze instead.

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As with barking, dogs who whimper or whine are trying to communicate.

Excitement, anxiety, frustration, pain, attention seeking, and resource solicitation are all common reasons dogs whine at their people.

So too can older dogs who display crying behavior as part of their age-related cognitive decline.

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Dogs left alone for long periods, whether in the house or in the yard, can become bored or sad and often will bark because they are unhappy.

Greeting/Play: Dogs often bark when greeting people or other animals.

Separation Anxiety/Compulsive Barking: Dogs with separation anxiety often bark excessively when left alone.

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Common causes of this symptom include reverse sneezing, pneumonia, kennel cough, heart disease, collapsing trachea and a foreign object lodged in the throat.

Reverse sneezing is a common issue seen in dog breeds that have flat faces such as Pugs.

The sound of a reverse sneeze can also sound like a choking noise.

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As with barking, dogs who whimper or whine are trying to communicate.

Excitement, anxiety, frustration, pain, attention seeking, and resource solicitation are all common reasons dogs whine at their people.

So too can older dogs who display crying behavior as part of their age-related cognitive decline.

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The most common reasons dogs growl are fear, possession aggression, territoriality, and pain.

Some dogs also growl when playing.

You may also notice play growling when you play tug-of-war with your dog.

Gentle growling is not a bad sign unless your dog is escalating and showing other signs of aggression.

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Howling is one of many forms of vocal communication used by dogs.

Dogs howl to attract attention, to make contact with others and to announce their presence.

Some dogs also howl in response to high-pitched sounds, such as emergency vehicle sirens or musical instruments.

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