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Panting and Clearing of Throat

Our male black lab mix is 7-8 years old 78lbs.

We adopted him 2 years ago and he has adjusted very quickly.  
He is our jogging partner 3-4 days a week and he has developed a panting habit. He then acts like he is clearing his throat like he has a hair ball. He kind of sounds like he is going to throw up.

We are planning to take him in to the vet next week.  Just not sure what this could be.

Thanks DD
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I'm very glad to hear you're getting him checked out with your vet.  There is just no telling what might be going on.  It could be anything from simple old age and not as much lung capacity and elasticity to allergies to a respiratory infection to cancer.  

Has he had any other symptoms along with the gagging? Any changes in energy level or appetite? Bowel/ urinary changes?  You might consider taking a urine sample along with you when you head to the vet.  Since he's now a senior citizen, you might as well check out everything else like kidneys while you're at it.  Let us know what happens.  Hopefully it's nothing very serious.  :-)
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