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    Hi all,

    For the past week or so my 8 month old golden retriever puppy has been either vomiting or simply gagging. At first he would start to gag then run outside and eat grass and vomit as much as he could, we took him to the vet but all he said was he should be fine and gave him an antibiotic shot.

    Lately he has been vomitting less although he continues to gag pretty much after everything he eats. It seems to go away after a few minutes and getting a belly rub helps although he is doing it 3-4 times a day.

    The vet said he would be fine in a few days but this was over a week ago and he doesnt seem to be getting much better.

    Has anyone experienced something similar or knows what may be wrong?

    Thank you.

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    anti biotics for vomitting. I ask you?

    Golden's are swallowers of objects. I have friends that have had 2 sets of surgery on theirs, once for a ball, once for a childs brick.

    Id go back to a vet. One with more skill than unnecessary anti biotics grrrrrrr

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    Blockage needs to be ruled out... Could be a partial blockage.

    i feel for you my pup had vomiting issues recently, x-rays ruled out blockages, but he does have a slow digestive system, so we had some dietary changes he has been very good now.

    My vet gave an X-ray straight up when he was told that my boy was vomiting after meals.
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    I would go to a different vet and get a second opinion. Obviously if the behaviour is continuing he isn't getting better, maybe your vet just has no idea?

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Ditto above replies. Maybe try a softer food in case he's gulping, young greedy gundogs are known to gulp their food. Put a half brick in his dish so he has to eat his food around it slowing him down.

    But if you still think this is a worry I'd get a second opinion after all nobody knows your dog like you do and I'd ask for an xray.

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    Hi ' killa' and pup - to the forum !

    The poor pup !

    If you are unhappy with the health of your pup - then please go back to the vet - and get the vet to have another look at your pup.

    There are a few other things that come to mind - other than the suggestions above, and they are:

    'kennel cough' - even though the pup may have been vaccinated, he could still get kennel cough - and 'tonsillitis'. Either way - it must be diagnosed by the vet.

    Did the vet not tell you what they thought it may have been ? Anyway - giving antibiotics is usual treatment for both of these ailments.

    Have a read of this thread : http://www.dogforum.com.au/dog-healt...emedies-2.html
    and see what you think.

    BUT - before you do anything - other than reading - you and your pup - back to the vet - please !

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    Riley J makes an excellent point, gagging when eating is not uncommon with mild Canine Cough. Perhaps in your worry you didn't take in all your vet was saying. I have a friend who is like this so always takes someone with her to the vet to absorb what is being said.

    Antibiotics are often prescribed to stop CC going to the lungs but the throat still has the cough or gag. If you press on the throat or if your dog pulls on the lead while walking and coughs then this further supports what Riley J has said.

    If you are worried about having to pay for another consult most vets don't charge for follow up work, only if they prescribe more meds but it's certainly worth ringing the receptionist and just asking them if his records show he is being treated for CC.

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    Thanks for the responses everyone!

    The first vet checked his tonsils and say they looked fine so i assumed anything coughing or tonsillitis related wouldnt have been the issue. My dog definetly is a gulper but he gets soft meats and has never had a problem with his 'eating style'. Although recently we have thought that maybe a change in food may be cause, so could it be something related to allergies as we have recently changed the brand of food.

    We are taking him to another vet on sunday, i was hoping to get him there earlier but unfortunately sunday is the only suitable time.

    Thanks again.

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    Good luck, hope your pooch is soon on the mend. Let us know how he goes on sunday?

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    Hey guys good news, it turned out to be the food he was eating. Switched him onto the pedigree canned puppy food and since then he wasn't feeling too well. He's been getting other food and there's been no sign of any vomiting or gagging. The vet seemed to agree with this and everything is now okay.
    Thanks for the responses and concern!

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