why does my dog keep trying to clear his throat

My dog Larry has started to clear his throat recently. It isn't a cough as much as a sound like he is trying to clear the flem from the back of his throat. I have looked at Kennel cough videos and he isn't exhibiting those symptoms. I looked at the Petside symptom checker and none of the possible conditions match his problem. This is his only symptom. He isn't lethargic or otherwise impaired other than the throat clearing. It isn't constant but it happens three or four times a day. When he has cleared the flem he stops and is fine.


It is not contagious because I have five other dogs here with no issues HOWEVER a couple of them have been sneezing lately. He is an American Eskimo/Beagle mix. (if it is relevant to the issue)
I haven't been able to get good information on one issue I suspect. This all started right when I changed dog foods. Could it be he is allergic to the food? Is this a symptom of a food allergy? I only feed him once a day so I haven't been able to test my theory yet. My plan is to feed him something else an see if the issue resolves.


I have examined his teeth and throat and there is nothing out of the ordinary- he is eating fine so there doesn't seem to be an oral issue. It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found "JustAnswer" on my Google search -- you are now in my "Favorites" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete! Boca Raton, FL Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate.


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