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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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He's been coughing while (months now) then he started

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He's been coughing for a while (months now) then he started coughing up blood every now and then, but I came home tonight and he had blood splats (bright red) all over the place....
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: Rock and he is 2 1/2
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Rock?
Customer: no... its just that coughing has gotten more frequent and it appears that some came through his nose.. He cough sounds like he is coughing up a hair ball. He's still kinda active but just lays around alot.
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Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.
Hemoptysis (coughing up blood) is a danger sign for quite a few disorders but the most common are anticoagulant rodenticides such as d-CON (not with a chronic cougher, however), neoplasia (cancer/unlikely at Rock's age), heartworm disease (an important differential diagnosis), fungal pneumonia (likelihood of diagnosis depends on geography and travel history), bacterial and parasitic pneumonias, and congestive heart failure (unlikely at his age unless he was born with a congenital heart defect. Whatever the cause, hemoptysis can be life-threatening and so Rock's vet needs to carefully auscultate (listen to) and X-ray Rock's heart and lungs at your earliest convenience. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Thanks we are taking him to the vet in the morning.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.
Sounds good. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

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

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