Glob of mucus in the back of dog’s throat

by Stace
(Houston, Texas)

This isn’t necessarily about a dog’s cold. It’s a condition from which I cannot find no remedy. After an eye surgery my dog, a pug, developed a glob of mucus in the very back of his throat. It is only visible when he yawns. Yet, he hacks and coughs up mucus at times. At one time his lymph nodes became swollen, he developed yet another ear infection and his breath was horrendous his mouth is coated with a smelly mucus. The vet prescribed a treatment of cefpodoxime 100mg, with this all his problems/symptoms cleared up. He became lively again, it’s obvious that this “infection” makes him feel miserable.

Unfortunately, the infection returned, the vet has now prescribed this treatment 3 times over the period of eight months. This vet does not take the idea that the problem is an infection seriously. The veterinarian wants to do blood work, he seems to think the problem is thyroid related. I am losing faith in this vet, he just wants to sell me ear cleaner and yeast treatment, and put my dog on thyroid meds. He doesn’t hear me when I tell him the problem goes away, yet returns. It’s obviously a bacterial infection somehow related to that mucus glob in his throat.

Have you heard of anything like this before? Btw - my dog is a 10 yr old pug.

Editor Suggestion for Treating Mucus in the Back of the Throat

Hi Stace,

It sounds like your dog has been suffering from recurrent infections, which can be caused by various factors such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites. The presence of a mucus glob in the back of your dog's throat is an indication that there may be an underlying problem such as a respiratory infection, sinusitis, or a foreign object stuck in the throat.

In some cases, recurrent infections can be related to an underlying immune system disorder, such as a thyroid condition. However, it's also possible that the infections are simply recurring due to a lack of effective treatment or inadequate treatment.

It's important to determine the underlying cause of these infections. Blood work, including a complete blood count (CBC) and biochemistry profile, may be helpful in identifying any underlying conditions that may be contributing to the infections. Depending on the results, additional tests such as a bacterial culture, a fungal culture, or radiographs may be necessary to help diagnose the problem.

It may also be a good idea to seek a second opinion from another veterinarian, especially if you feel that your current vet is not taking the problem seriously. It's important to get an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment to help your dog feel better and prevent future infections.


Dog Health Guide Editor

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