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Guess the diagnosis and Win!

By Dr. Andrew Jones

Hello and Greetings to you.

I am wanting you to have a look at these X-rays, and give your best guess as to the diagnosis.

The chosen WINNER will get a complimentary manual of Veterinary Secrets.

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Here is the case
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This was a 7 year old Lab cross, with a 2 month history of coughing.

He had less energy, and seemed tired.

He tested negative for heartworm, other blood tests were in the normal range.

Here are the Chest X-rays:

What is your diagnosis?

Good Luck!!

Dr Andrew

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343 Responses to “Guess the diagnosis and Win!”


  1. Avatar Alexis Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 6:38 am

    looks like the dog only has a lung on one side – is the other lobe collapsed?

  2. Avatar JoMarie Wendt Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 6:38 am

    I am guessing the 7 year old lab mix is suffering from heartworm, even thought the blood test showed negative. It takes 4-7 months for heartworm to test positive in the blood. The heart appears somewhat enlarged. I would re-test for heartworm.

  3. Avatar Larry Wall Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 6:39 am

    Just a guess: enlarged heart and beginning heart failure, leading to fluid buildup in the lungs, leading to lowered energy and coughing.

  4. Avatar Andrea Green Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 6:40 am

    My guess about the diagnosis is congestive heart failure.
    Andrea Green

  5. Avatar erin Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 6:40 am

    ingested something that is blocking him;

  6. Avatar Debbie Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 6:41 am

    The answer is enlarged heart, heart disease.

  7. Avatar Debra Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 6:41 am

    I think the white spots in the dogs xray could be scar tissue and it could also be from second hand smoke.

  8. Avatar ML Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 6:41 am

    Cardiac myopathy – hypertrophy leading to CHF?

  9. Avatar Berthold Klein Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 6:42 am

    The Lab had swallower a ball or lemon and it was stuck just above the stomach. This blocked food intake and pressed on lungs restricting breathing.
    An alternate is a tumor or cancer in the esophagus.

  10. Avatar Jewelyn Morris Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 6:43 am

    he has a mass in his chest, eitehr a tumor though it looks not attached so perhaps he swallowed something?

  11. Avatar Patty Nick Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 6:43 am

    I’m going to say that this lab mix swollowed something that he was chewing on. As we all know who owns labs, they like to do that. That could probably cause the coughing and being so tired because he isn’t able to breath properly.
    Patty Nick

  12. Avatar Lisa Dowdy Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 6:44 am

    The dog swallowed a ball

  13. Avatar karl Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 6:44 am

    do i detect a micro fracture, located where a humans sterum area is?

  14. Avatar Karleen Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 6:45 am

    Lung cancer?

  15. Avatar Kathy Mitchell Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 6:45 am

    It looks like a normal x-ray to me.

  16. Avatar Vicky Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 6:45 am

    tumor in his lung. ?

  17. Avatar Susan Aspeotes Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 6:46 am

    my best guess would be congestive cardiomyopathy…congestive heart disease/failure

  18. Avatar Vanessa Bardeck Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 6:46 am

    The heart is enlarged, he has heart disease.

  19. Avatar Sandra Tucker Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 6:48 am

    Bronchitis

  20. Avatar Linda Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 6:48 am

    is it cardiomyopathy?

  21. Avatar Neal Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 6:49 am

    Looks like Dilated cardiomyopathy

  22. Avatar missy mastronardi Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 6:49 am

    swallowed a sock ball

  23. Avatar Sandra Tucker Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 6:49 am

    Just a wild guess, my son’s dog recently had bronchitis and exhibited those symptoms, only he was much older.

  24. Avatar Gale Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 6:49 am

    The heart looks enlarged to me. The coughing might be because it is rubbing against the trachea, causing a type of reflex cough

  25. Avatar walter trafton Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 6:50 am

    looks like he swallowed something, maybe a ball.

  26. Avatar Doreen Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 6:50 am

    Congestive Heart Failure?

  27. Avatar Tina Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 6:50 am

    this dog must have swallowed something, like a ball or a sock & it is stuck in there.

  28. Avatar Jill Holbert Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 6:51 am

    I would guess pneumonia. thank you.

  29. Avatar joy Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 6:52 am

    It looks like a mass in his stomach, or he ate a tennis ball, sock or something.

  30. Avatar Denise Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 6:54 am

    This Animal ingested something. the Xray shows, an object lodged.

  31. Avatar Frances Walshaw Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 6:56 am

    I think the lab has swallowed a stone!

  32. Avatar Teresa Collins Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 6:56 am

    My guess is allergies

  33. Avatar Irona Deranger Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 6:56 am

    Is it a tumor in the stomach?

  34. Avatar Amelia Jenkins Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 6:56 am

    Heart Disease

  35. Avatar Ruthie Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 6:57 am

    He ate a couple socks

  36. Avatar Leslie Franco Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 6:59 am

    Appears possibly and enlarged heart reducing the area for the lungs, the upper section of the lungs look like they may have some fluid as they are not as black looking

  37. Avatar Sandra Parsons Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 6:59 am

    I am sure you ruled out a tumor. So I would guess with the coughing, he may have ingested something.

  38. Avatar Ana Billick Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:00 am

    Was this an enlarged spleen?

  39. Avatar Candise Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:00 am

    COPD? Just a guess. 🙂

  40. Avatar Mary Grisaffi Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:00 am

    I think the dog swallowed something. At first I thought it might be an inflated ballon but changed my mind about that. Now I think it is fluid in the lungs. I hope the dog got better. Please let us know the outcome. Hopefully I will win the book because I sure could use it with 7 small dogs.

  41. Avatar diane Kelly Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:02 am

    Did he swallow one of his toys?

  42. Avatar Darlene Royce Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:04 am

    This dog has congestive heart failure.

  43. Avatar Paula Terrell Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:05 am

    Enlarged heart – Congestive heart failure

  44. Avatar Susette Elmendorf Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:06 am

    TB?

  45. Avatar Jean Holley Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:07 am

    diagnosis, pneumonia

  46. Avatar Patty Aguirre Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:09 am

    Lung tumor

  47. Avatar Barb Morton Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:12 am

    Enlarged heart. Congestive heart failure

  48. Avatar Debi Brown Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:13 am

    Tumor??

  49. Avatar Ellie Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:13 am

    Hmmm,
    Perhaps is it Kennel Cough?

  50. Avatar karen Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:14 am

    Mitral Valve Disease

  51. Avatar Bobbe Deubel Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:15 am

    Could that be a very large pulmonary tumour?
    A dog’s x-ray is quite different from a human’s, so I’m not sure where the heart is, or the stomach for that matter.

    Hope the poor dog can be helped, Dr. Jones. Take care.

    Bobbe Deubel
    bobbed@shaw.ca

  52. Avatar Alice Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:15 am

    either an Enlarged heart or a growth in The chest cavity ?????

  53. Avatar ariel Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:15 am

    enlarged heart causing heart to fail

  54. Avatar andrea Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:18 am

    The poor dog only has one lung!

  55. Avatar Lynda Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:19 am

    The dog swallowed a toy

  56. Avatar Daniela Caballuci Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:19 am

    well, according to the case statements, it´s a large breed middle aged dog, with trouble breathing normally and coughing, though blood testing shows normal and heart worm neg., looking at the X-rays a DILATED CARDIOMYOPATHY would be my best guessing.
    By the way, thanx a lot for the daily mails they are both interesting and useful, I´m argentinian living in Peru now and we´re all huge fans of your site here, keep on doing this excellent job!!!

  57. Avatar Marie Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:19 am

    i guess the dog has CHF (congestive heart failure)…

  58. Avatar kimbers Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:20 am

    The pup ate the cell phone

  59. Avatar Suzanne Boest Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:21 am

    he ate a tennis ball

  60. Avatar Marilyn Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:22 am

    Looks like a lung tumer

  61. Avatar LeAnna Thomas Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:22 am

    Possibly a lung tumor.

  62. Avatar TODD PADDOCK Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:23 am

    CANCER

  63. Avatar Aleli Cheng Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:23 am

    I think the dog has pneumonia.

  64. Avatar Wendy Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Distemper

  65. Avatar Yvonne Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:26 am

    He swallowed a rock.

  66. Avatar Angie Cooper Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Heart Disease ~Edema – pulmonary
    my guess

  67. Avatar Brenda Dixon-Lofland Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:27 am

    This was a 7 year old Lab cross, with a 2 month history of coughing.

    He had less energy, and seemed tired.

    He tested negative for heartworm, other blood tests were in the normal range.

    I think he had Bronchitis.

  68. Avatar Jane McDade Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:28 am

    he ate a pillow or the stuffing…

  69. Avatar Jennifer Delgado Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:28 am

    Guess: Congestive heart failure

  70. Avatar Cindy Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:29 am

    He has swallowed some kind of ball or toy

  71. Avatar Lynn Laviolette Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:30 am

    He seems to have a mass in his abdominal cavity. He could have eaten something that lodged in his intestinal tract, or a tumor.
    Or he has pneumonia

  72. Avatar Jill Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:30 am

    With little info given, I’d guess allergies.

  73. Avatar Suzanne Stevens Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:31 am

    I would think he has a problem with his heart.

  74. Avatar Mark Berman Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:31 am

    Bordetedella

  75. Avatar Lynn Laviolette Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:31 am

    I think that he has either pneumonia or a tumor associated with lung cancer

  76. Avatar penny mackay Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:33 am

    My guess on the x-rays are that the Lab was playing or chewing a toy Kong that was too small for him to chew and should have had a much bigger one. and he swallowed it!
    I think this is what I see..in the x-ray….

    hope this is the correct answer.
    thank you
    Penny Mackay

  77. Avatar Tanya Mac Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:33 am

    Cardiomegaly

  78. Avatar Martina Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:34 am

    I’m going to go with pneumonia

  79. Avatar Jennifer Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:36 am

    Swallowed a ball!

  80. Avatar Pat Likes Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:36 am

    It looks like an obstruction OR some type of growth.

    Look forward to hearing what the diagnosis is.

  81. Avatar Meredith Marks Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:36 am

    It look like Pneumonia.

  82. Avatar A K Elliot Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:37 am

    I’m taking a wild guess–enlarged heart?

  83. Avatar Ruth Anne Kirsch Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:40 am

    I think that poor puppy has a pneumonia. I hope he is treated quickly.

    God bless
    Ruth Anne Kirsch

  84. Avatar denise kress Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:41 am

    conjestive heart failure

  85. Avatar Frances Benedict Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Hi Dr. Jones, I’m thinking this might be bloat.

  86. Avatar Anthony Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:43 am

    Enlarged heart..and hydrocardia

  87. Avatar Kathy Meyers Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Enlarged heart?

  88. Avatar Kathy Meyers Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Enlarged heart I’d guess.

  89. Avatar El Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Inhaled a “kong”

  90. Avatar Susan Wiley Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:48 am

    It looks like a growth – perhaps a tumor, hopefully not cancer.

  91. Avatar Eniko Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Hello Dr Andrew,
    Stomach torsion can not be, since is terminating in 1 day.
    I suppose is a tumor on the lung or in the surrounding ( liver may be as well) compressing the lungs therefore causing the cough.
    Rgds, Eniko

  92. Avatar Marianne Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:50 am

    My guess is he either swallowed something (a sock?) or he has a tumour…but I’m sure you figured it out without any problems!

  93. Avatar Kathy Meyers Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:51 am

    With nothing to compare to I would guess an enlarged heart.

  94. Avatar Vicki Hawkins Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:54 am

    I think it is something he swallowed

  95. Avatar Barbara Yates Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:54 am

    The poor Lab Cross might have had swallowed a cup. ?

  96. Avatar Colin Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:54 am

    I think he is having a fever. I would use H2O2 1 drops in a glass of water every 4 hours or colloidal silver 1 tsp 4 hourly.

  97. Avatar Barbara Yates Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Or an enclosed container?

  98. Avatar Mary Beninato Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 8:01 am

    I guess lab has enlarged heart, indicating heart problems.

  99. Avatar Marie Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 8:06 am

    This looks like a sponge that the dog swallowed.

  100. Avatar Leanne Teel Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 8:07 am

    I think he has congenital heart disease, an enlarged heart and fluid in his lungs because his heart is unable to pump efficiently and it looks enlarged.

  101. Avatar C Anna Miller Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Looks like he has an enlarged heart. Could be a heart murmur, valve defect.

  102. Avatar Paula Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Looks like a large tumor

  103. Avatar margaret lockowod Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 8:09 am

    I believe that the dog may have an enlarged heart.

  104. Avatar Elaine Gratzki Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Could this dog have bloat? Looks like it

  105. Avatar norma Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 8:12 am

    looks like he swallowed a wad of paper towels!

  106. Avatar Mona Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 8:13 am

    My guess would be the dog swallowed a ball. Kindly, let me know. Thanks.

  107. Avatar dena Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 8:13 am

    I believe he has an enlarged heart due to congestive heart failure.

  108. Avatar Leona Green Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 8:13 am

    enlarged heart

  109. Avatar Marilyn Bourque Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 8:18 am

    The dog x-rays. Dog swallowed an object. Possibly a ball. Maybe tennis ball.

  110. Avatar kerri Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 8:20 am

    I’m going to guess enlarged heart.

  111. Avatar Kathy Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 8:22 am

    My guess is kennel cough.

  112. Avatar Kathy Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Cardiomegaly?

  113. Avatar Debby StClair Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 8:23 am

    I am not sure, but it maybe something he swallowed and his stomach cannot digest, or it could be a tumor.

  114. Avatar Daralyn Schmitt Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Andy,

    Of course my initial thought is a cancerous tumor in the lung, but that seems too obvious. So after a bit of thought I think the dog has inhaled something , such as a fox tail, a marble, a piece of a raw hide he was chewing on or some other object that was small enough to pass through the nasal passage and lodge in the lungs. This item has been attacted by white anitibodies and has created the mass in the lung area over time.
    Whatever it is I hope it’s not serious and that the dog recovers quickly without long term effects.
    Fun event. Daralyn

  115. Avatar Kathy Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 8:31 am

    A severe case of my first gue, ckennel cough, would be dog influenza or dog flu.

  116. Avatar Jennifer Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Chronic inflammatory disease.

  117. Avatar mare Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Enlarged heart/congestive heart failure

  118. Avatar Linda Caster Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 8:34 am

    My diagnosis from looking at the Lab’s x-rays would be an enlarged heart.

    Thanks,
    Linda

  119. Avatar Ursula Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Fluid in the lungs? My new cat had a very stuffed up nose and cough so wouldn’t eat. After syringe feeding him and too many visits to a mainstream vet, x-rays, and drugs that did not work, someone told me to give him Natrum Mur #9. I purchased the pills (which moves fluid in the body to more appropriate areas) at the health food store and gave them to him every 20 minutes (recommended for cats in acute cases)for 2 days as much as I could. His breathing was better in approx. 4 days and he started to eat.

    PS he then had acupunture and an immune system booster from an holistic vet.

    Cheers,
    Ursula

  120. Avatar Marilyn Beckett Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 8:41 am

    I would guess that the lab X has congestive heart failure.

  121. Avatar Connie Mar Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 8:43 am

    I’m guessing he ate something that got stuck, like a soft toy, or the stuffing from the toy.

  122. Avatar Alexis Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Heart disease?

  123. Avatar CJ Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 8:50 am

    My best guess, an enlarged heart from congestive heart failure/issues…..

  124. Avatar Anita Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 8:56 am

    A tumor in the trachia/oesophagus above the stomach.

  125. Avatar christine kerman Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 8:58 am

    congestive heart failure.

  126. Avatar Liz Kirby Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Diagnosis is Cardiomyopathy

  127. Avatar bobby galanza Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 9:07 am

    The lab has a big heart than a normal one. As a result his heart is in a very close proximity with his other internal organs. His heart cannot pump normally because it is now bumping into other organs. HIs heart then needs to work overtime to produce oxygen. The result is he is having a hard time breathing, making him cough,and making him tired.

  128. Avatar Lisa Champ Paluck Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Enlarged heart

  129. Avatar Gill du Preez Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 9:08 am

    My diagnosis is : Water on the lungs.

  130. Avatar Claire Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 9:08 am

    yourt sure aren’t giving a whole lot of info here,, but it looks like an enlarged heart,, or kennel cough

  131. Avatar Cherie Embree Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 9:08 am

    My diagnosis would be congestive heart failure/enlarged heart. I have been dealing with this with my oldest dog, “Ky”. He is doing well on meds and his cough has substantially been reduced by prescribed diuretics, etc. He just turned 14 and was diagnosed over 18 months ago. I’m grateful for the meds.

    P.S. I’d love to win the manual. I’ve been reading your terrific information for awhile now and am grateful for your emails. I’ve learned alot!! Thank you so much!!

  132. Avatar Betsy Arrington Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 9:10 am

    My guess is an enlarged heart.

  133. Avatar Aimee Farrell Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 9:14 am

    My diagnosis is pneumonia?

  134. Avatar Alyce Hand Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 9:16 am

    I know this poor lab swallowed something that is imbedded and I pray it can be easily removed and relief this precious companion to move on with his life comfortably. I would say some kind of ball.

    Alyce Hnad

  135. Avatar Shirley Williams Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 9:16 am

    I’d guess cardiomyopathy. The heart is enlarged so it’s probably not working very well. That would explain the coughing and the listlessness, too.

  136. Avatar Angela Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 9:17 am

    allergies? is the dog exposed to tobacco smoke?

  137. Avatar Jenna Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 9:19 am

    My DX would be foreign object! I believe that the poor pup swallowed either a ball, or some type of toy that is not passing through his system!

  138. Avatar glenda Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 9:20 am

    i have gone with some of this and it is like kennel cough but it is a virus that can take up time to heal

  139. Avatar lin York Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 9:23 am

    swallowed a dish towel

  140. Avatar deann Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 9:23 am

    is it a sock????

  141. Avatar Luis Ybanez Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Enlarged Heart pushing against the lungs.

  142. Avatar shell dentremont Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 9:30 am

    poor thing looks like a swallowed piece of clothing. ie sock

  143. Avatar Trudi H. Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 9:31 am

    I was going to say, this poor lab seems to being having congestive heart failure, but it looks like there are alot of us that seem to think this is the diagnois, so I doubt I will win the book, and as much as I would love to have it, my main concern is for the lab. Please let me know what the outcome was for this wonderful animal, another of God’s beautiful creations!!
    Thanks for all you do to help us keep our pets healthy!

  144. Avatar Ellen Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 9:32 am

    If he has trouble breathing could an object have gotten into his lung?

  145. Avatar Joanna Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Lack of energy would tell me the dog is somehow unable to get nutrition from his food. Coughing (is it dry, hacking cough, or other?), not sure but, assuming there is a blockage in the digestive tract, the dog is trying to cough/vomit it out.
    I don’t know how to read x-rays… I’d venture a guess this Lab has either managed to swallow a ball/toy, or developed a bezoar in his tummy. In either case, I’d see a vet ASAP.

  146. Avatar Donna Quinn Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 9:40 am

    I’ll guess Labrador Bloat.

  147. Avatar Lillian Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 9:41 am

    I guess a mediastinal mass with lymphadenopathy.

  148. Avatar barb derick Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 9:44 am

    looks like a growth in his chest tumor , has irregular shape

  149. Avatar Alexis E Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Heart disease. I thought my comment went through three hours ago.

  150. Avatar Robin Mains Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Enlarged heart, pressing on trachea, making it hard to breathe. Congestive heart disease, or heartworms that didn’t show up on test (depending also on type of test and time given – i.e., microfilaria or antibody, day or night, etc.)

  151. Avatar Alexis E Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Oh, I see it now, sorry

  152. Avatar Simone Clark Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Something to do with his diaphragm – he has pain in that area

  153. Avatar janet burmeister Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 10:07 am

    A grass seed/s in the lung maybe.

  154. Avatar Betty Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 10:08 am

    I would guess he has some type of cancer.

  155. Avatar Michelle L Thomison Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Splenic mass

  156. Avatar Gail Herring Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 10:13 am

    I think he swallowed a rock.

  157. Avatar Margaret Churchill Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 10:18 am

    It looks like he swallowed something like a small ball or a toy. I’ll go with that.
    Cheers,
    M. Churchill

  158. Avatar Daisy Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 10:22 am

    The poor dog is suffering from gastro dilation volvolus (bloat)

  159. Avatar Elinor Mavor Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Looks like cancerous growth pressing on the esophagus and causing the cough.

  160. Avatar edith rafuse Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 10:32 am

    bronchitis and pneumonia
    September 2, 1132

  161. Avatar Marianne Charnetzky Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 10:33 am

    I don’t know how to read x-rays, but maybe he has only one lung.

  162. Avatar Marianne Charnetzky Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Since I can’t see any other organs, I would guess he only has one lung.

  163. Avatar Marsha Roskopf Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Rt lower lobe pneumonia

  164. Avatar Maria Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 10:46 am

    It looks like a small football he might of ingested. I hope he is alright and you were able to remove whatever it is.

  165. Avatar Maureen Costello Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 10:48 am

    If you flipped th dog in a standing position it would be more prone on his left side. I say it could be an enlarged gall bladder, or a blocked intestine. Looks like it is pushing up on the lungs. Looks also like it is something that dye was used to get a correct immage. If it were liver problems, liver enzymes would show up in the bood. Could it be an abdonimal aneruerism on the side of an aorta blood artery?

    In any event I hope the dog has recovered.

  166. Avatar Shelley Welch Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 10:48 am

    pnuemonia.,heart disease

  167. Avatar Cheryl Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Heat Disease. My dog is suffering from the same thing. Only she is a lot smaller.

  168. Avatar Annette Gonzalez Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 10:52 am

    I think this dog as CHF or Cardiomyopathy-enlarged heart.

  169. Avatar T Strom Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 10:54 am

    COPD & CHF

  170. Avatar Cindy madill Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Congestivel heart failure

  171. Avatar Beverly Calvert Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Sounds a lot like my Saluki, who has epxanded cardiomyopathy.

  172. Avatar JoAnn Burhoop Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 11:03 am

    I had a large Rottweiler that had the same symptoms.. His problem was a football shaped tumor located behind his lungs… Thus leading to being unable to breathe and eventually collapse… It had already mastitised to his liver and we had to put him down. I was so sad 🙁

  173. Avatar Janet Herman Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Congestive heart failure

  174. Avatar Marilu Way Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 11:06 am

    The dog swallowed something – possibly a ball (or rock)he/she was playing with.

  175. Avatar Janet Herman Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Congestive heart failure is my guess

  176. Avatar samantha Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 11:17 am

    the black is lungs. white is bone or organs … the heart seems awfully large. could be congestive heart failure or other heart-related issue.

  177. Avatar Sharlene Patterson Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 11:26 am

    I’m going with an Aneurysm.

  178. Avatar Evelyn Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Pneumonia?

  179. Avatar Orania Hamilton Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 11:30 am

    I would say he swallowed an egg

  180. Avatar Cris Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 11:31 am

    I guess he swallowed his toy or the stuffing…

  181. Avatar Lynn Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 11:38 am

    My guess is congestive heart failure.

  182. Avatar Debbie Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 11:38 am

    The xrays were a bit blurry so I could not see the artery to bronchus ratio, however, if I am looking at the xrays correctly, there may appear to be edema/bloating involved. Not knowing possible other symptoms, such as how the lungs sound, if the cough is chronic, what the activity level of the pet is, if there is gagging, if there is excess fluid in the abdomen, weight loss, vomiting, discomfort, any further symptoms, patient history, and the possible different testing performed and the results,

    my initial guesses would be some type of heart disease (ie, chronic heart failure/other), bloat, heartworm, some type of obstruction and/or bronchitis.

    Even though you state the dog has tested negative for heartworms, you did not indicate the type of testing performed. Most commercial tests will accurately detect heartworm infections with one or more mature female heartworms that are at least 7-8 mos old, however, the tests might not detect infections of less than five months duration. Plus it can take up to 6.5 months after being bitten by infected mosquitoes before a dog might test positive for heartworms, especially if they have not been on appropriate heartworm prevention.

  183. Avatar Sandy Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 11:44 am

    This is a fun one doc but I don’t know how to read xrays… Was thinking bloat but I’m going to say he looks like he’s missing a lung.

  184. Avatar Cindy Radtke Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 11:47 am

    It looks like the dog swallowed a toy–a ball of some kind.

  185. Avatar Irv Knickerbocker Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 11:48 am

    abnormal pressure around heart

  186. Avatar Jeanie Notti-Fullerton, cHom Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 11:53 am

    based on the information given, I would say what we are seeing in the x-ray is an enlarged heart. Cardiomyopathy… low energy, coughing… If it were an obstruction he would be ineffectively vomiting and have appetite problems. If it were bloat he would have been dead long before 2 months. Respiratory tract disorders would typically have fever and something should show up in the blood test…elevated white blood cells…

  187. Avatar yvonne language Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 11:57 am

    i would say a tumor

  188. Avatar yvonne language Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 11:58 am

    a tumour

  189. Avatar Dale Fisher Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    having lost a wolf-chow mix 3 years ago of some of the same symtoms,I would like to guess it could possibly be a lung bulla.
    Hoping he recovers no matter what and thank you for your great information and for stand ing up for what you truly believe helps our wonderful animal children and wildlife !

  190. Avatar Susan Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Looks like heart disease (heart is enlarged). I don’t know if you want us to be more specific.

  191. Avatar marlene Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    After readubg through 163 opinions, what is the correct answer?

  192. Avatar Beth Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I think this dog has lung cancer. This looks like what my cat had, and she also coughed and had to breathe with her mouth open and could not sleep as she had trouble breathing. Xray looks similar to her xray when diagnosed with lung cancer. We do not smoke but she was old 16 and was very healthy, but then our other old cat died at 19 and a month later after he died, she started coughing, and the surgery would only give her 90 days to live, so we had to say goodbye as the vet didn’t think she would survive the surgery. It was very sad as it was so unexpected. She was so healthy her entire life that we thought we had another 5 years with her. It was a tough Christmas losing one before Christmas and one shortly after Christmas.

  193. Avatar Dawn Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Heart Disease.

  194. Avatar Patti Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    lung cancer

  195. Avatar Barb McKee/Behaven Shelties Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Heart Failure.Hugely enlarged heart pressing on chest wall.My guess CHF.
    Barb/Behaven Shelties

  196. Avatar jean matthews Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Blocked Heart Valve ,so less Blood flow

    Jean M

  197. Avatar Tanya Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Dilated Cardiomyopathy

  198. Avatar craig shisler Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    it”s a boiled egg

  199. Avatar Drema Gantley Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    I think his heart is enlarged. The coughing is caused by the constriction of the lungs and since his lungs can’t expand properly he can’t get enough oxygen. That is why his energy level is low.

  200. Avatar Karen B. Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Aspiration pneumonia for sure if she swallowed something. Possibly lung cancer type of tumor.

  201. Avatar Rhonda Lundy Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    looks to me like a collapsed lung

  202. Avatar Tony Hayes Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Looks to my untrained mind that he has swallowed a large rock

  203. Avatar MARGARET Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    The dog has a thimble inside his lung.

  204. Avatar Lynne Delling Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Swallowed a sock and it’s stuck somewhere betwixt and between…

  205. Avatar Linda Maples Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Hi I think this puppy has swallowed a plastic cup and it is lodged in her chest. I know this sound silly but they do swallow the strangest things.

  206. Avatar Lynne Delling Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Swallowed a sock and it’s stuck somewhere betwixt and between the dog’s stomach or bowel ?

  207. Avatar Toni Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    It looks like it may be a tumor.

  208. Avatar Diane Parks Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    It looks like the dog inhaled something… a toy perhaps. Instead of swallowing it went down his esophagus and into his lung.

    My dog did that with dog food. Husband shined a flashlight through the window while the dog was eating. Startled the dog and he started barking while he was eating. A morsel was sucked into his lung. Next day he coughed so hard it flew out of his mouth.

  209. Avatar Anne Foster Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    I think it’s congestive heart failure. keep up the good job

  210. Avatar Shari Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    The dog has a collapsed lung.

  211. Avatar Candy Muir Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    My first impression is that he has an enlarged heart. If he is coughing it could be CHF. Poor baby. Hope you can help him. I had a Chihuahua with CHF. She also breathed really fast and that was what alerted me to the fact she was sick.

  212. Avatar joyce martin Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    I think he swallowed a toy.

  213. Avatar Salvatore Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    twisted stomach

  214. Avatar Donna Smith Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Ruptured Diaphragm with abdominal contents pushed up into the lung space. Happened to my dog.

  215. Avatar Rheter Chamers Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Symptoms indicate Heart Disease or Fluid in Lungs. Hope vet can make the dog more comfortable. Rheter.

  216. Avatar Sandy Miller Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Could the dog have swallowed glue? Once ingested, water activated glue will expand hand get hard. The only way to save the dog is to surgiiically remove it.

  217. Avatar Linda Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Enlarged heart with fluid, likely a partial collapsed lung.

  218. Avatar Kim Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Is it a broken sternum?

  219. Avatar joe Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    I will guess pneumonia.

  220. Avatar Rolando M. Lagarto Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    A lump that contributes to the excess water in the lung area…

  221. Avatar Gail Cruickshank Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    I think it could be tracheal collapes.

  222. Avatar DonnaWojcik Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Enlarged heart or congestive heart condition?
    Enlarged heart is pressing against the trachea or windpipe, causing cough. Congestive heart conditions cause the tired feeling, less energy.

  223. Avatar Debbie Girard Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Kennel Cough?

  224. Avatar Holly hughea Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Congestive heart failure

  225. Avatar bill Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    plastic

  226. Avatar Candy Clayton Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    My guess is enlarged heart, which is pressing on his lungs and causing decreased oxygen in his system.

  227. Avatar Toni Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Enlarged Heart

  228. Avatar Betty Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    I would say the Lab is much overweight and the stomach is pushing up against his heart causing his breathing problems.

  229. Avatar Rebecca Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    I am no vet, but I would say that this poor pet has non-hodgkins Lymphoma and can cause all kinds of illnesses as heart failure. Perhaps the dog also has an enlarged aorta.

  230. Avatar Candi Smith Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    possibly have swallowed a small piece of rawhide that went into the chest cavity instead of the stomach causing congestion, the nagging cough of trying to expel the foreign object, also not knowing from what part of the country this 7 yr old lab is from it could be desert valley fever that leaves a dog lethargic, coughing, congested lungs, elevated white cells that attack within the lungs etc and could create a mass from the mold spore cells that were ingested internally, most likely running a fever as well with being lethargic. Prognosis – not good, unless under specialized and intensive care by someone as good as you, Doc!

  231. Avatar Jeanne Breit Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Congestive heart failure.

  232. Avatar Patti Says Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Enlarged liver

  233. Avatar dee Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Hemangiosarcoma

  234. Avatar chris Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    an enlarged heart pressing against the trachea,causing the cough….congestive heart failure.

  235. Avatar Marg Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Canine bronchitis

  236. Avatar pat mccauley Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    looks like he swallowed or breathed in a balloon!

  237. Avatar Denyse Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    This looks like Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia (TVD)as indicated by the enlarged right side of the heart. It is not Mitral Valve Dysplasia as the left side of the heart would be enlarged instead.

  238. Avatar Karine Langley Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Congestive heart failure

  239. Avatar John Wilkinson Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Is it a enlarged spleen?

  240. Avatar Rene Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    my guess is pneumonia

  241. Avatar Robin Sleep Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    The cough is usually the first sign (accompanied by dry hacking) of a failing mitral valve, an enlarged heart and the consequential build-up of fluids into the lungs and pressure on the windpipe.The pet gradually -but often quickly- tends to display lassitude,a dwindling appetite, a difficulty breathing, perhaps constipation, and in his last days, weakness, less control of his limbs and a fast variable pulse. In particular, as an early symptom, the pup will display a bloated stomach more obvious when laying down. Of course,xrays which display a rounded shape as shown are usually definitive of CHF.

  242. Avatar Cheryl Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    after having to visit my animal doctor again I change my guess.
    My new guess is a Collapsing Tracia.

  243. Avatar Rebecca Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    I am going to make a guess and say the lungs look good, so if that is the stomach, the Dog ate something to cause bloat, if that is a , then it is quite enlarged due to fluid build up. If it had a bloat from twisted gut, it would not have lived that long, but enlarged heart would cause a cough. Also so would an enlarge stomach from swalling something large, it could cause the cough and depression from being against the lungs.

  244. Avatar Jan Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Hypertropic Cardiomyopathy

  245. Avatar Dorene Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Inhaled foreign object

  246. Avatar Jill Busl Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    My guess would be CHF due to enlarged heart.

  247. Avatar Betty Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    I would say the Lab ios much overweight and the stomach is pushing up against his heart causing his breathing problems.

  248. Avatar wendy maclean Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    my guess is enlarged heart..cardiomyopathy.
    congestive heart failure

  249. Avatar Betty Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Sorry for the duplicate entry.

  250. Avatar Diana Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    I’m going with Enlarged heart. Looks similar to the x-ray of my dearly departed Himalayan who had an enlarged heart and kidney failure. Hard to treat them both effectively, but her heart was super sized and super fast.

  251. Avatar Tara Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Looks like an enlarged heart, so I would guess congestive heart failure.

  252. Avatar Helen Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Heart failure

  253. Avatar sheila Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    It looks to me like he swallowed a plastic cup,possibly a medicine cup off pepto bismol or something like that,or even a larger one but still I think it is some sort of plastic cup.

  254. Avatar nena shea Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    The heart is enlarged. The contour however is very rounded. Could it be there is fluid in the pericardial sac? Heart enlargement can have many causes, so can pericardial effusion.

  255. Avatar Kathy Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    It looks like a lemon,because of the nipple at one end.Or a very small ball. Please let us know
    And thank you for all the wonderfull e-mails.
    I am greatful for all your information you share with us. Thank you.

  256. Avatar Earlene Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Pneumonia

  257. Avatar Gail Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    I have to agree with the people who said enlarged heart/heart failure.

  258. Avatar Suzanne Says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Is he eating well? If he didnt get better or worse over the two months, is it perhaps a potato he has swallowed?

  259. Avatar Tina Miller Says:
    September 3rd, 2011 at 1:41 am

    I think he has an upper respiratory infection. His lungs are filled with fluid…pneumonia

  260. Avatar katrina Lyman Says:
    September 3rd, 2011 at 2:09 am

    This dog has two sets of the same organ born with an xtra organ not picked up as a puppy. One organ works and the other makes the dog unwell.
    Regards KATRINA

  261. Avatar katrina Lyman Says:
    September 3rd, 2011 at 2:13 am

    Born with two hearts

  262. Avatar martin Says:
    September 3rd, 2011 at 2:18 am

    coughing and severe heart enlargement is the sign of MVD :Mitral Valve Disease

  263. Avatar srubka Says:
    September 3rd, 2011 at 2:55 am

    tumor

  264. Avatar Katie Spencer Says:
    September 3rd, 2011 at 3:14 am

    I think it could be Pneumonia.

  265. Avatar K Killips Says:
    September 3rd, 2011 at 3:58 am

    could be a mass of parasites

  266. Avatar Charmaine Morgan Says:
    September 3rd, 2011 at 4:14 am

    I would say congestive cardiac failure.

  267. Avatar Penny Says:
    September 3rd, 2011 at 5:13 am

    The dog ingested something – perhaps a sock?

  268. Avatar Ann Roy Says:
    September 3rd, 2011 at 5:47 am

    I think it might be a congestive heart problem, & pneumonia making it hard for the dog to breathe.
    Thanks so much for the great support in helping us heal our pets at home…..you are a god send, extremely helpful and I have learn’t so much, Thank you

  269. Avatar Kathi Says:
    September 3rd, 2011 at 5:59 am

    My guess is hemangiosarcoma with an enlargement. of the spleen

  270. Avatar Ken Klimek Says:
    September 3rd, 2011 at 6:33 am

    fluid build up around the heart, likely caused by a virus or parasite.

  271. Avatar Janice Mastelko Says:
    September 3rd, 2011 at 9:09 am

    To me it seem he has a shadow around his heart which has some extra fluid, giving the heart the appearance of being slightly enlarged. It would be interesting to know if a pericardial friction rub cold be detected. Therefore my guess would be pericarditis.

  272. Avatar Karen Lawson Says:
    September 3rd, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Pericardial effusion.Fluid in the sac around heart.Many causes most likely viral.

  273. Avatar Lori Lelonde Says:
    September 3rd, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Cardiomyopathy
    Seems be fit the symtoms.

  274. Avatar Linc Cole Says:
    September 3rd, 2011 at 10:10 am

    I’m with the swallowed a ball crowd.

  275. Avatar jacko Says:
    September 3rd, 2011 at 10:41 am

    I agree with those who think dog swallowed something (?). Lungs are suffering thus the cough and letharghy. Poor guy.

  276. Avatar antoinette sides Says:
    September 3rd, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Looks like he ingested a toy he really liked
    poor guy of course he has a hard time breathing!

    Hope somebody got it right I really feel for him

    hugs for all dog lovers
    antoinette

  277. Avatar Jill Roberts-Wilson Says:
    September 3rd, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Cardiomegaly, left sided, with what looks to be a primary lung mass and a widened mediastinum

  278. Avatar elise Says:
    September 3rd, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    I would think it is kennel cough/

  279. Avatar Kathy Brock Says:
    September 3rd, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    It looks like he somehow managed to swallow a turkey baster.

  280. Avatar sita Says:
    September 3rd, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    I think it is congestive heart failure/dilated cardiomyopathy

  281. Avatar Karen Socha Says:
    September 3rd, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Congestive heart failure

  282. Avatar Karen Socha Says:
    September 3rd, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    I think it is congestive heart failure.

  283. Avatar Denise Says:
    September 3rd, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Is it an enlarged heart and congestive heart failure?

  284. Avatar danielle Says:
    September 3rd, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    not sure but it looks like the dog has a heart that is too big might have fluid in the bag around the heart

  285. Avatar Alice Belcher Says:
    September 3rd, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Looks like a large mass above the stomach, still in the esophagus. Above the stomach (not gut) because the ribs are surrounding it. Must be something he swallowed. Almost looks like a plastic cup. If in the trachea he would not be breathing.

  286. Avatar Betty Says:
    September 3rd, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Looks like heart disease his heart is enlarged an that puts pressure on the airways causing a cough. Hope all is well with him.

  287. Avatar ella Says:
    September 3rd, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    There is no cancer. Masses show up black on x rays. I think the poor dog just has a mass poop. The lungs i believe are on the right of the x ray. So this would mean you cant see the heart. And i dont see any exit way. So the possibility of swallowing something or not digesting something is my best guess. Take puppy on a walk/jog and might get it out.

  288. Avatar Jennifer Sample Says:
    September 3rd, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    It looks like a tumor.

  289. Avatar Christine H. Says:
    September 3rd, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Cardiomyopathy.

  290. Avatar Alison Grimston Says:
    September 3rd, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    This lab has an enlarged heart with blood diversion in the lungs suggestive of heart failure & cor pulmonale – increased fluid build up in the lungs as a result of the heart failing to pump efficiently has caused the cough & lethargy. The primary cause of the heart failure I am not sure of….so CCF.

  291. Avatar bsalivahana Says:
    September 4th, 2011 at 12:22 am

    LVF [ LEFT VENTRICULAR FAILURE ]HYPER TROPHY OF HEART LEADING TO CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE

  292. Avatar lynn kalish Says:
    September 4th, 2011 at 4:59 am

    My guess is he swallowed something and it went down wrong leading to aspiration pneumonia and possibly
    later spreading to the brain leading to encephalitis and seizures.

  293. Avatar Manfred Says:
    September 4th, 2011 at 5:16 am

    Swolled rag

  294. Avatar Manfred Says:
    September 4th, 2011 at 5:16 am

    or stomache turned

  295. Avatar Manfred Says:
    September 4th, 2011 at 6:39 am

    Could be liver problem!

  296. Avatar Glory Says:
    September 4th, 2011 at 7:24 am

    He swallowed a toy

  297. Avatar Katrina Says:
    September 4th, 2011 at 8:33 am

    The dog ate something like his ball.

  298. Avatar cindy Says:
    September 4th, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Typical lab probably chewing on a small toy or food and either swallowed or inhaled it and it is stuck in the esophogus or lung causing the coughing.

  299. Avatar Elaine Says:
    September 4th, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Did the dog swallow a small toy that lodged in his esophogaus and gave him less oxygen. I would guess that he wasn’t eating as well as he should.

  300. Avatar Rheter Chamers Says:
    September 4th, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Heart or Kidney Failure

  301. Avatar Linda Says:
    September 4th, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Since he is a lab, he probably ate and swallowed a rock or stone. Some labs never learn but love them anyway… His food does not contain the necessary nutrients, thus eats/swallows non-digestible things, such as this rock/stone.

  302. Avatar Kit Booker Says:
    September 4th, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    I would guess congestive heart failure. I had a dog with it and so does my husband!

  303. Avatar Pam Miller Says:
    September 4th, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Heart disease … ?

  304. Avatar odette Says:
    September 4th, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    a foreign object has become imbedded

  305. Avatar steph Says:
    September 4th, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    It appears to me that it’s an enlarged heart, esp. with the coughing symptom and age factor, I would suspect congested heart failure.

  306. Avatar Alida Hichens Says:
    September 4th, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Hi Doc, It looks as if the heart is enlarged and it looks as if there is fluid build-up in the lungs. The dog is coughing because it feels as if it is drowning in the fluid. The coughing is a gagging reflex and should not be confused with kennel cough. For treatment I would give blood pressure medication as well as a water tablet as to reduce the discomfort of the dog and clear the lungs. This dog can live many more years to come provided it stays on chronic med’s. If treated the lethargy will disappear as well. Regards, Alida.

  307. Avatar carmen alma Says:
    September 5th, 2011 at 12:22 am

    I guess it’s a liver problem.Maybe even a tumor.

    The liver is too large,and it’s pressing against the lungs.

  308. Avatar Debbie Says:
    September 5th, 2011 at 4:05 am

    Looks like a balled up sock.

  309. Avatar Roberta Says:
    September 5th, 2011 at 7:04 am

    I think he swallowed a toy of some kind, maybe a kong.

  310. Avatar Condoda Boyle Says:
    September 5th, 2011 at 7:18 am

    Cardiomyopathy. PS: Can someone help me with my dogs right middle lobe pneumonia. She has Addisons, well controlled and they tell me a month ago her RML pneumonia had to come from aspiration. Her panmcreatitis screen was normal but her lipase was elevated. Her amylase was normal. She was on 14 days of Amoxicillin and Cipro. The cough improved and the pneumonia almost completely resolved by radiograph. 4 days later cough worsened and she acts like something is crawling up her throat. Every now and then she chokes as if she swallowed something wrong, but isnt eating at the time. Now back on the same 2 antibiotics for 14 more days and she is not resolved of the cough. Eating, playing, sleeping great. Also, her urinary incontinence resolved after pneumonia came. Thus, I have stopped her Proin. I worry about reflux, but prilosec doesnt seem to help. She does not have megaesophagus. I adore her. She is 7 and beautiful. Help! Wrong antibiotics? condodasmith@gmail.com

  311. Avatar Val Forster Says:
    September 5th, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Swallowed a stone which was too large to pass through.

  312. Avatar Trisha Says:
    September 5th, 2011 at 9:37 am

    I would test again for Heartworm using a serology test instead of Microfilaria test. If this also came back negative then I would guess pneumonia.

  313. Avatar dr.joe Says:
    September 5th, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Your info is sketchy at best not enough to go on to be accurate.This being said,CHF is my first concern.If the canine has been progressivly tiring over a period of time with labored breating that would signify congestive heart failure.The x-ray or ultrasound will confirm this.What throws me off is coughing for two months,I never seen this in CHF cases.I would have to guess and go with a enlarged heart possibly due to a tumor.

  314. Avatar Madeline Says:
    September 5th, 2011 at 10:41 am

    He’s swallowed a couple of stones.

  315. Avatar Lisa Waldram Says:
    September 5th, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Hi My guess is a stomach turned over, common in labs. Thank God I have never had this problem but I’m learning a lot having 2 labs now and having one passed from cancer 2 years ago.

  316. Avatar Anne Says:
    September 5th, 2011 at 11:37 am

    lung cancer

  317. Avatar Linda Says:
    September 5th, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Ingested a piece of rawhide which expanded in his intestine and is pushing on this diaphragm.

  318. Avatar cj de joya Says:
    September 6th, 2011 at 1:58 am

    My guess is torsion, twisting of the the stomach due to rapid eating and too much activity afterwards.

  319. Avatar peter brooks Says:
    September 6th, 2011 at 2:49 am

    I’ll take a wild geuss I think the lab could have asthmatic bronchitis

  320. Avatar Bob Summers Says:
    September 6th, 2011 at 5:23 am

    Looks like tumor on the spleen caused by those wonderful preservatives BHA, BHT and Ethyoxequin

  321. Avatar Jea Says:
    September 6th, 2011 at 5:35 am

    Sock

  322. Avatar Jea Says:
    September 6th, 2011 at 5:39 am

    Sock.

  323. Avatar Colleen Moceri Says:
    September 6th, 2011 at 6:21 am

    Heart disease

  324. Avatar dr. sulav adhikari Says:
    September 6th, 2011 at 8:27 am

    this might be the case of congestive heart failure

  325. Avatar rajshree Says:
    September 6th, 2011 at 8:53 am

    patch of cough. its a case of pneumonia

  326. Avatar Diane Says:
    September 6th, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Pericardial effusion

  327. Avatar Marie Says:
    September 6th, 2011 at 10:30 am

    fluid in lungs due to heart failure

  328. Avatar Elaine Says:
    September 6th, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I would guess it’s a hairball.

  329. Avatar April Leigh Says:
    September 6th, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    I think that mass in this Labs gut is swollen yeast. Labs are nuts for ‘people’ food like most other dogs, but this looks like it ate raw dough that has since ‘risen’ causing pain and listlessness and pressure when its lungs expand.

  330. Avatar Betty Says:
    September 7th, 2011 at 5:52 am

    Could you please give us the answer the suspense is killing me…. Thanks again

  331. Avatar Daryl Mac Says:
    September 7th, 2011 at 7:51 am

    Did he swallow a ball?

  332. Avatar Je Crawford Says:
    September 7th, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    If everythign looks to be in the normal range,,,Could this be something as simple as kennel cough?

  333. Avatar Erin Currie Says:
    September 7th, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Looks like fluid build up in the lungs cause by torsion of one of the lobes?

  334. Avatar Diane P. Says:
    September 7th, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    It looks like he has swollowed the bulb from a baby asperator. (What they use to clear babies noses with).

  335. Avatar brs.vet Says:
    September 7th, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    ENLARGED HEART

  336. Avatar SueC Says:
    September 8th, 2011 at 4:02 am

    He ate a Sock!!

  337. Avatar Lori K Says:
    September 8th, 2011 at 5:26 am

    Enlarged heart/heart disease, overweight lab perhaps?

  338. Avatar Debbie Seaman Says:
    September 8th, 2011 at 11:12 am

    looks like the dog ingested a tennis ball

  339. Avatar Melissa Jones Says:
    September 8th, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    CHF

  340. Avatar Gail Duarte Says:
    September 8th, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    This dog is suffering from Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy.

  341. Avatar S. Wilkinson Says:
    September 9th, 2011 at 4:37 am

    Looks like he might have swallowed a sock.

  342. Avatar annette Says:
    September 9th, 2011 at 8:09 am

    I’m not even sure what I’m looking at, but I’d go along with the enlarged heart/congestive heart failure.
    Would help those of us who aren’t used to seeing X-rays to see what a NORMAL x-ray looks like.

  343. Avatar Lezlie Says:
    September 9th, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    It looks like the heart either enlarged so much that it pushed the lungs down into the abdominal cavity or this poor dog actually did have heartworms and they were so massive that they forced the lungs into the abdominal cavity, I don’t know, it just looks odd to me like things aren’t where they’re supposed to be. Though I’m not really medically inclined I’m just guessing. But when I really look at it & since I went from being a dog person (due to losing my spirit guide dog in 1995) to being a cat person it actually reminds me of a hairball. So oddly I’m thinking that maybe it’s somehow a hairball because I have a tiny cutie kitty who had a cough for a month or so, was low on energy & seemed tired until I started doing the simplest thing. My vet suggested a small amount of olive oil. Now he’s doing great!



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