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Our 13 year old Chihuahua has a constant hacking cough, she

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Our 13 year old Chihuahua has a constant hacking cough, she has been x-rayed and it showed a solid area in either her heart or lower lung. Our vet has not really expanded on what the x-ray is showing, we are taking her to a Vets Medical Hospital tomorrow where she is going to have a CT scan and various other tests but I would like some more information about what the opaque area on the x-ray could mean and what the likely outcome is for my dog?

Good Morning and welcome to Just answer. I am Dr. Loretta, a licensed veterinarian and I am happy to answer your question.

I am so sorry to hjear about Mitzi's condition. I know this is scary for you and poor little Mitzi.

This hacing cough is either due to heart disease, lung diseaase or kennel Cough that bthe older dogs are more prone to because their immuen systems are suppressed due to age. If Mitzi is eating well and acting normal, this may be the case which is often harmless for Mitzi.

This lesion that is seen on the xrays could be a number of conditions:

Scar tissue form a previous injury or illness'

Fungal infection such as valley Fever

Tumor or cancer.

In most cases, the next step is to do a tracheal wash to determine if this is a fungal or bacterial infection. Your vet also could run an Ultrasound with a biopsy if heart disease is ruled out.

The botXXXXX XXXXXne for Mitzi is that further diagnostics are required to know if this cough is serious requiring aggressive treatment or if this will require heart medications to get this under control.

Does that make sense to you?

Please let me know if you have ANY other questions. My goal is to give you 100% satisfaction and if you are not yet satisfied, please Reply so I can clarify for you

Sincerely, XXXXX XXXXX

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Thank you so much, Norma, for your kind rating. It is very much appreciated! Do not hesitate to contact me with any other concerns that you may have about Mitzi's condition....I know you are worried and I understand.

Have a wonderful day!