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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 13 years old and coughing a little blood up on

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Hi there, My dog is 13 years old and coughing a little blood up on saturday. Again i noticed a little blood last night again. What could be wrong with her?
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Coughing can be worrying. The Expert will know what you should do. What is the dog's name?
Customer: I have also noticed a lump on her neck
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about your dog?
Customer: Shes had both her cruciate ligaments done years ago but always been healthy apart from that
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with your elderly dog. Regretfully, hemoptysis (coughing up blood) is a danger sign for quite a few life-threatening disorders. The most common is neoplasia - primary or metastatic, pulmonary or tracheal. Neoplasia is a relatively common cause of hemoptysis and so X-rays of her thorax (chest) and abdominal ultrasound are indicated to evaluate for primary tumor and metastatic disease. Fungal and bacterial pneumonias, parasitic infection (depending upon where she has lived), congestive heart failure (heart murmur is usually present), heartworm disease, and an anticoagulant rodenticide toxicity are also important considerations.

The lump on her neck may or may not be related to her hemoptysis. Her vet will want to perform a thorough physical exam including careful auscultation (listening to) of your dog's thorax and imaging as I mentioned above. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

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

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