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so sometimes when dungy is playing or something he starts gagging like when a cat has a hair ball... he does it for a second then he stops and starts playing again then does it again

He keeps playing and acts totally normal except for when he is gagging

should i be worried... i wonder if i should take him to the vet or if there is a little something caught in his throat... it isnt constant it just randomly happens
 

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I'm no expert, but when dogs are coughing, it sounds like a cat with a hairball. If he doesn't stop I'd take him in and have him checked out for maybe bronchitis. My first boxer, Harley, had bronchitis when he was a puppy.
 

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he will like sprint around the room and stuff or just be jumping on me and stuff and then he stops and starts gagging or w/e then starts back up again... then it just stops
 

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I'm not sure what would cause it.....  Sharon, the resident vet on here (from what I can tell, but heck, I'm still new) has lots of answers and good advice.
 

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i'm just worried if it something bad then i want to get him to the vet ASAP.  I mean it doesnt happen everyday but it scares me when it does... like it is if he is gonna throw up but he doesnt and he is still crazy as every lol
 

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Does his breathing sound funny when this happens?  Maybe his throat is dry from all the running and panting.  Will he get a drink of water when you tell him to?
I know when my guys are playing, Henry will cough sometimes and we make him take a break and get a drink of water.
 

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I had to search for a little while to find a topic "the returning cough"....but we talked about with Beckham that he does the same type thing and here is a post from that.

It sounds like a Reverse sneeze and that is an irritation of the soft palate and throat that causes spasm's.  Sometimes the dog will hold it's neck  extend and the chest will expand. Bacially scare you and make you think they are gagging, coughing or gasping for air.

What causes it....well.....Anything that bothers the throat can cause it. Being excited, exercise, eating, drinking, pulling on a leash to hard, pollen, perfumes, viruses, household chemicals, allergies, and  the most common post-nasal drip.  

Dogs that are considered "Brachycephalic" which Boxers are!!!!  have a short snout and a elongated soft palates occasionally suck the palate into the back of the throat. If the palate is real long sometimes they have to have surgery.  This is pretty common in Pugs.

If/When it stops, the spasm is over. You can massage the throat to make it stop. You can put your hand over your dogs nostrils, which makes them swallow and clear the throat.  Some dogs have this their entire lives; some only when they are older. The spasm is only a temporary problem that goes away on its own...leaving no damage.

Normally with bronchitis they cough/gag on and off all the time.  Even more at night or while resting.  If there is something acutally caught in their throats they will paw at the mouth and throat with their front feet almost constant.....

So I am thinking maybe the drying of the mouth/throat and sinus is causing a reverse sneeze.

Search topic The returning cough and see if it sounds similiar to what Beckham was doing.....Good luck!
 

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THANKS everyone... it sounds like the reverse sneeze... his nose has been running a little cause he isnt used to the cold here and he will get so rilled up then start the cough and he extends himself and then after a few seconds of coughing he is done and goes back to normal as if nothing has happened... i have offered water when it has happened but he will take water whenever he sees it... his first bath basically including him trying to drink up the bathtub... he loves water lol
 
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