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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My dog keeps breathing hard and coughing up blood. Every

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My dog keeps breathing hard and coughing up blood. Every time I see him about to start cough I rub his back and pat him then he starts to act fine. He still wags his tail and act normal but the only thing that is bothersome is him coughing up blood
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.
Morgan, hemoptysis (coughing up blood) is not only bothersome but often indicates life-threatening disorders such as heartworm infection, congestive heart failure, fungal, bacterial, or parasitic pneumonia, as well as neoplasia (cancer) in the lungfields. Please don't hesitate to have Bruno attended to by a vet who will initially heartworm test Bruno and perform X-rays of his thorax (chest). Testing for other infectious agents (fungal, parasitic) would be predicated upon where you live.Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
None are open but will they be able give him some medicine for that?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.
Most everything can be treated, yes, but we need to clarify the etiology before we can prognosticate. Is there a chance that Bruno ingested an anticoagulant rodenticide such as d-CON? If so, you'll need to get him to a veterinary ER at your earliest convenience.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about Bruno. How is everything going?

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