Why Is My Dog Gagging?

Why Is My Dog Gagging?

Often times we don’t understand our dogs behavior, or why they act a certain way at specific times. Sometimes dogs make sounds that get us worried, because we do not understand why they are making these sounds and if there is something causing it we should be worried about.

One of the most common sounds dogs make is gagging. Let’s talk about what could cause this...

What Causes This Harsh, Gagging Sound- Medically?


Like us humans, dogs have a larynx, which is the area in the lungs allowing them to breath. Often gagging occurs because dogs may have an inflammation in the area of the larynx, in this case your dog may need to see a vet. Sometimes dogs cough then gag, this can sometimes be a sign of bronchitis or low respiratory disease.

Oops! My Dog Swallowed Something!


Let’s face it, we all have things laying around at home that shouldn’t be in reach of our furry friends. Often time’s dogs swallow things such as, hooks, needles, fabric, plastic, toys, etc. These objects sometimes stick in their throats and cannot be processed to vomit.

Objects that are sharper are often a lot more complex in the gagging situation, sometimes this may need to be removed surgically by an endoscopy or going through anesthesia.

The Kennel Cough


We have bronchitis, they have Kennel cough. This is transmitted through coughing, sneezing, and also via clothes. Dogs present different symptoms when diagnosed with Kennel cough.

Some dogs may show white sputum when gagging and this is often a sign of the disease, also some might cough heavily, repeatedly. Often this can lead to fever, loss of appetite, and lethargy.

GDV- Gastric Dilation and Volvulus


This is a type of disease that is rare amongst dogs, but just to be on the safe side, it could happen! GDV comes in four different cases:

  1. Swollen stomach: Always check to see if the stomach looks abnormal
  2. Drooling: Most dogs drool, but if it occurs excessively, than can be alarming
  3. White Foam: Sometimes your dog might be storing some white foam in the mouth.
  4. Fast Breathing with Increased Heart Rate: You need to pay close attention to the way your dog breaths and if the breathing is within the normal range or not.


Our furry ones sure do have a way of expressing their pain in different ways, but as owners, we need to always watch out for anything alarming they may do or express. If you liked this post and would like to see more of it, please like and share! Thank you for reading.