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What are you feeding him? As mentioned, it could be a food allergy and could be related to wheat, corn or soy. But it could also be the protein he's allergic to. If this is the case, then try a novel protein such as duck or venison - try to choose a food that has a single source protein as opposed to multiple proteins. Natural Balance makes a Duck and Potato and a Venison and potato formula. Eagle Pack makes a Lamb and Rice (lamb used to be the protein of choice when a food allergy was suspected but it's not so novel anymore but you can always try it). Nature's Variety's Instinct formulas have different proteins I think.

As for the hacking, it could be reverse sneezing? Sometimes it can sound like a 'hork' like they're clearing their throats and other times, it sounds like they're choking and can't catch their breath. If this is the case, you can press down on his tongue or close his mouth and it should stop. It's normal and doesn't affect him, although it will probably affect you more! :) However, because of the itching, I would go to your vet to see if it could be a food or environmental allergy.

As for eating grass, he probably just likes it. Some dogs will eat it to make themselves throw up but most dogs just like it. Just make sure it hasn't been treated with pesticides.
 
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