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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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She is coughing and hard of breathing, I think she has heart

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She is coughing and hard of breathing, I think she has heart worms. I can not afford the vet treatment what else is available?
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Coughing can be worrying. The Veterinarian will know what you should do. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Lucy and ***** ***** mix and 7 yrs old
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Lucy?
Customer: No
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Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. It's important to understand that coughing and dyspnea (difficulty breathing) is not only caused by heartworms. A 7 year old Lucy might suffer from a simple infectious tracheobronchitis which could last for a few weeks and then remiss unaided, a sterile chronic bronchitis (chronic obstructive pulomonary disease/COPD), or cardiac disease in the form of myxomatous valve disease ("leaky valves"). Neoplasia (cancer) in the chest cavity needs to be considered as well. I understand your financial constraints but a complete physical exam including X-rays of Lucy's chest may reveal a condition that can be treated conservatively and relatively inexpensively. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Dr. Michael Salkin