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My dog has 'in the last week' developed a cough(possibly due

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my dog has 'in the last week' developed a cough(possibly due to blood clotting), lost weight, started having nose bleeds and developed cataracts. eating and drinking as normal. He is a 11yr old English Setter. And seems to be perfectly happy, maybe sleeping more than normal, nose bleed only when he moves around the home
Submitted: 13 days ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 13 days ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 13 days ago.

Richard, I'm sorry to hear of this with Hector. Epistaxis (nose bleed) most often results from a tumor in the sinus or nasal passage(s) in dogs of Hector's age. Less commonly, thrombocytopenia (decreased blood platelets) due to blood dyscrasias caused by tick-borne infections, anticoagulant rodenticide poisoning, Evan's syndrome (autoimmune hemolytic anemia + thrombocytopenia), or idiopathic (unknown cause) exists. Hector's vet will want to perform a thorough physical exam including a complete blood and platelet count. Clotting times (PTT/PT) might be assessed as well. If nothing untoward is found in such testing, scoping and biopsy of the nose will be suggested.

It's unclear to me why Hector is coughing but bleeding into the nasopharynx could be responsible or there are changes in his lower respiratory tract (trachea/lungfields) that might be incriminated. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 13 days ago.
how would this be connected to the onset of cataracts?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 13 days ago.

The sudden appearance of cataracts is most often associated with uncontrolled diabetes in dogs. However, both uveitis (inflammation of the iris and its attachements) and glaucoma (increased intraocular pressure) can result in peracute (sudden) cataract formation. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

Customer: replied 13 days ago.
i can quote from from books also, in layman terms what are we potentially looking at for my 'buddy'?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 13 days ago.

You're looking at having his vet attend to him at your earliest convenience. Without a careful exam and testing, you won't know how Hector can be helped.

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