A DOG WHO CHANGED MY PRACTICE, FOR A WHILEBMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7033.747 (Published 23 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:747
- Aideen Landers
“Ben's coughing up blood”
“Ben's coughing up blood,” I called to my father as I wiped his lips with my napkin and stroked his back. My father's golden retriever is 11 years old and my father's life is regulated by Ben's bowels, his walks, his likes, and his dislikes.
Ben had developed mild heart failure, plus a possible chest infection earlier in the week and had been prescribed bronchodilators and antibiotics. During the week he had been slightly short of breath, lacking in energy, and his exercise tolerance was low. He had also developed a cough, and this had become worse during the course of the day on which he was coughing up blood over dinner. We rang …