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My 11 yr old Golden Retriever mix was diagnosed with lung cancer

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My 11 yr old Golden Retriever mix was diagnosed with lung cancer just over 3 weks ago. I saw the xrays and she has white spots throughout both lungs. I went online and did not see any cat, dog or human that had the white spots. The xrays were supposedly seen by a radiologist and he also felt that this was cancer. She has a cough and her breathing is labored.Her blood tests came back normal. Any suggestions? Could the white spots be anything else? She had mammory cancer about a year ago. Surgery was successful and no more tumors have been found.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 5 years ago.
Did the x-ray in any way resemble this:

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
No. She had numerous small white spots. On the xray none of the spots seemed larger than approx. a dime
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 5 years ago.
Based on your description, age, breed, and other signs reports, cancer would unfortunately be most likely.

Other causes that would not be common would include:
- Fungal pneumonia,
- Hematogenous pnuemonia

If you wanted to know for sure, several options exist:

1) Lung wash
2) Lung needle aspirates for cytology
3) CT angiography

Those would be the ways to tell for certain, but unfortunately based on all of your information above, pulmonary cancer would be the number one likely cause.
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