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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?

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. Coughing can be worrying. The Expert will know what you should do. What is the dog's name?

I have also noticed a lump on her neck

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about your dog?

Shes had both her cruciate ligaments done years ago but always been healthy apart from that

Submitted: 11 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 11 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.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago
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I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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