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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 patterdale has had a cough for about a year it is now very

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My patterdale has had a cough for about a year it is now very bad and is affecting his breathing he is a mature dog aged 13
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 years ago.
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I'm sorry to hear of this with Peri. A persistent cough at his age is worrisome for advancing heart failure, chronic bronchitis, a slowly worsening cancer in his chest, or French heartworm disease (lungworm) if you live in a lungworm endemic area of the UK.

Peri's vet will want to perform a thorough physical exam paying particular attention to auscultating (listening to) his heart and lungs and then will recommend X-rays of Peri's chest in order to clarify his suspicions. We have quite effective medications for everything I've mentioned above. A cancer would be most problematic but perhaps palliative therapy would be of value.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.