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Hey has had a dry cough and I just noticed a large lump in the front of his neck

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 and age?

Tucker, 3.5

Submitted: 10 months ago.Category: Dog
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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
Should I bring him in tonight or wait until tmrw?
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Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 10 months ago
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Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 10 months ago

Is the lump directly in the center of the neck?

If you move it, does he cough?

How long has he been coughing?

Can you share a video of the coughing? If not, does it look and sound like any of these?

Cardiac cough: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nv02RYW2TfY

Kennel cough: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZusGtj3NxcU

Collapsing trachea: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=042OsjZ5Hvs

Reverse sneezing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UyBrb0Hhpk

Laryngeal paralysis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsv5o3pP00E

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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
He doesn't cough when I move or touch it, no. He has been coughing for a few days now. I can try and get a video
Customer reply replied 10 months ago
It definitely doesn't sound like any of those coughs in the videos either
Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 10 months ago

A video would be worthwhile so I can see and hear what you're seeing and hearing.

Is the lump directly in the center of the neck or off to one side?

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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
It's off to his right side
Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 10 months ago

Thank you for the clarification. The coughing may or may not be due to the lump, which sounds like it's a swollen lymph node. I would still try to get a video (for me, your vet or both) so that others can see what you're hearing with the coughing. I have two concerns. First, I am concerned that whatever is causing the coughing might be infectious and, thus, the lymph nodes have begun swelling. In such a case, antibiotics are typically recommended. Additionally, I am concerned that this could potentially be coughing secondary to a very swollen lymphnode and displacement of the trachea. It's uncommon, but we do see it happen occasionally. Often with extreme swelling cases lymphoma is diagnosed.

I do think it would be wise to have your companion examined and treated by your vet. They will likely want to run bloodwork, chest x-rays and may also encourage you to have the lymphnode biopsied to determine if lymphoma is a potential. Antibiotics and canine-safe NSAIDs are often prescribed for these cases to help bring down the swelling, especially if due to infection. I would plan to see your vet ASAP.

If you wind up with a video in the near future, you can post it back to this thread (even after rating) and we can continue chatting at no further expense.

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Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 10 months ago

Checking in. How is Tucker today?

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Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 10 months ago
Hi,

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

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