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I have a 12 yr old male Italian Greyhound. I think he may

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I have a 12 yr old male Italian Greyhound. I think he may have ingested grass awns…. dry non-productive cough (like trachitis or bronchitis. X ray shows phnemonia like symptoms, 2 weeks on anti biotic and 2 weeks on Lasix… still coughing, We have some foxgrass in our back yard. We are seeing a vet for this…. the grass awn probability just came to me because he does eat grass. How does a vet treat ingested grass awns witout being able to see them on an X-ray ???
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

While we can't see a foxtail in an X-ray we can suspect one when there's been exposure to these plant awns and when a pneumonia involves only one lung lobe. Ultrasound imaging, however, can reveal structures that resemble foxtails and if an ultrasound-guided aspiration of the affected lung reveals pus, surgical removal of the lung lobe containing a foxtail abscess can be curative.

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