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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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My 6 year old Akita has ropelike blood tinged saliva strings

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my 6 year old Akita has ropelike blood tinged saliva strings hanging from his mouth every morning. his resp rate is 40 a minute and he has coughed some today a soft cough with a gag then swallowing
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.

The question we have to ask is if Hudson is coughing up blood or the blood is originating in his oral cavity. His respiratory rate is at the highest normal which concerns me for lower respiratory disorders such as heartworm disease, congestive heart failure, and neoplasia in the lungfields. I would be more comfortable having his vet thoroughly examine Hudson paying particular attention to his oral cavity and and auscultation (listening to) of his chest. X-rays of Hudson's heart and lungs may be recommended. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.