Why is my dog gagging and dry heaving?

Asked By: Rebekah Kulas
Date created: Tue, Feb 16, 2021 2:16 AM
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Dry heaves is hard gagging or attempting to vomit without a discharge.

It is an indication of a potentially serious condition that requires veterinary attention.

These may lead to potentially fatal compications, so you would be well advised to take your dog to the vet when retching is accompanied by vomiting episodes.

Answered By: Kendrick Padberg
Date created: Wed, Feb 17, 2021 4:19 AM

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.


Most cases of dog gagging are caused by foreign objects in the mouth, throat, or esophagus.

But it can also be caused by some health problems such as kennel cough.

But, if your dog is gagging non-stop, or on-and-off repeatedly, then you need to take action to figure out the cause of the gagging.


This is the most common reason and a life-threatening one when it comes to your dog dry heaving.

Canine bloat is also called Gastric Dilation and Volvulus (GDV) in medical terms.

In this situation, your dog's stomach gets filled with air and the food inside your dog's belly becomes distended.


Kennel cough is an infection that produces deep coughing, choking, gagging, snorting, vomiting, sneezing, and a dry hacking cough.

These coughing fits can happen anytime while your dog has kennel cough, but exercise and excitement are common triggers.

Heart disease can be developed in dogs of any age.


Gently feel along the roof of your dog's mouth and then check and under the tongue.

If you feel something and can easily remove it without the object falling down your dog's throat, do so.

If you are unsure, take your dog to your veterinarian immediately.


The cough usually gets worse with exertion.

Sometimes dogs have sort of a high-pitched gagging cough.

If the dog is also making swallowing motions and licking his lips, your veterinarian may diagnose a sore throat or, rarely, tonsillitis.

This type of cough can also suggest that something is stuck in the throat.

Q: My dog sounds like it is trying to vomit for several minutes but nothing comes upโ€ฆ Non-productive retching, or dry heaving, in any breed dog is always considered an emergency due to the concern for a process called gastric dilation and volvulus (frequently referred to as GDV, or gas bloat).
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