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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 45 years of experience
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My almost 1 year old havanese/schitzu has been coughing up

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My almost 1 year old havanese/schitzu has been coughing up white/yellowish foam ( maybe 6 times throughout a few months) sometimes it's just foam, this last time there was grass in it. Sometimes it's clear fo***** *****ke substance others a more pronounced yellowish color. And he's been panting/ breathing heavily with no exercise the past week or so. Even when just lounging around he seems to be breathing heavy. What can this be?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
From this afternoon
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
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I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. It appears that Teddy has been gagging which then elicits a regurgitation reflex. This is an important symptom but it isn't pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of any one disorder.
There might be an anatomical problem in the back of his throat such as an overly long soft palate. There might be lower respiratory disorders such as a collapsing windpipe or perhaps bronchitis or even walking pneumonia. His increased respiratory rate (over 40 breaths/minute at rest is worrisome) suggests lower respiratory compromise and so Teddy's vet is likely to not only visualize Teddy's oropharynx (the back of his throat) but also recommend having X-rays of Teddy's chest performed.
Cardiovascular disease needs to be considered as well. We would be concerned about congenital (present at birth) cardiac defects, mainly.
Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.