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Dr Scott Nimmo, Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon.
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My elderl Old English Sheepdog has been diagnosed with tumou

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My elderl Old English Sheepdog has been diagnosed with tumou between the liver and the pancreas but apart from appetite loss the main symptom is coughing .chest x ray shows no fluid on lungs but he appears to be very congested.he did contract kennel cough years ago.what causes this congestion now.?
Scott Nimmo :

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Scott Nimmo :

Sorry to hear about your dog ...

Scott Nimmo :

Where a dog has an abdominal tumour, coughing of that nature is not uncommon, despite your x-ray this could be due to early stage secondary lung cancer of early stage congestion of the lung field, that would be your two main possibilities.

Scott Nimmo :

But also consider a lung infection related to a reduced immune system ...

Scott Nimmo :

Have you tried any treatment for his symptoms?

Customer: Have been prescribed Noroclav 500mg Prednisolone 25mg and Traadol 50mg all1tablet twice daily
Scott Nimmo :

That sounds fine, I guess you are not going to try any direct treatment for the cancer { surgery, chemotherapy etc. }? if this is the case you may want to ask your vet if a diuretic such as Lasix would be an option, this class of drug can often markedly reduce congestion and coughing in the short term from whatever cause. This could be worth a trial ...

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Customer: Thanks
Scott Nimmo :

No problem, in this sort of situation there are often no winners but it is good to keep trying to find the drug combination that gives the maximum relief ...

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