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Q. My 9 y/o lab has been dry heaving like he has something in his throat. He just does it once in a while. I just can't think what it could be.

A. If he has done it for a while now, at his age, I would suspect a heart condition, possibly heart failure. This is a typical symptoms, it usually start like this and progress to more frequent coughing, heavy breathing and exercise intolerance.

You should take him to the vet in order to run some tests and diagnose the condition.

Answered By
DAVID ELBEZE, DVM, MRCVS

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