A 4-month-old sexually intact male Golden Retriever was brought to the emergency room in fulminant respiratory distress. Earlier in the day, the dog had swallowed a fish hook, which it subsequently vomited. Because of the dog's extreme dyspnea, only a single lateral radiographic view of the thorax was obtained (Figure 1).
Lateral radiographic view of the thorax of a 4-month-old male Golden Retriever in acute respiratory distress.
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A 9-year-old 5-kg (11-lb) spayed female Shih Tzu crossbred dog was evaluated for a 2-day history of coughing and hacking that developed after the dog ate a rawhide chew. The owners reported that the dog's coughing seemed to occur after excitement and was progressive. The dog had no known history of trauma or being around other dogs.
On physical examination, the dog was alert and responsive, had a body condition score of 5 (on a scale of 1 to 9), and had a grade 2/6 heart murmur. The dog was tachypneic (56 breaths/min; reference range, 10 to 35 breaths/min),