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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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My dog is elderly and has Cushing's disease but had no specific

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My dog is elderly and has Cushing's disease but had no specific symptoms before today other than panting. Now she is choking and drooling. I think she is having heart failure. Are there other possibilities? Still eating, drinking
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. To answer you directly, yes, because Cushing's is a thromboembolic disease, her respiratory symptoms may represent a blood clot(s) in her lungfields - a common life-threatening sequela to advanced Cushing's disease. Choking and drooling, however, aren't symptoms pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of any one disorder. They can represent both upper and lower respiratory disease and even something as simple as gastroesophageal reflux (GERD, acid reflux, heartburn) and, as you mentioned cardiovascular disease as well. If these symptoms persisted, a thorough physical exam including X-rays of her chest would be indicated. Please respond with additional information and further questions or concerns if you wish.