My dog coughs (or sounds like trying to clear throat) a lot, especially when she is excited like when we come back home after being out. What causes this?

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• When my dog gets over excited he begins to cough and breath hard (his cough is like a hack). I know that he has allergies and cant be around incense but this is a different cough than that. Kennel cough, also known as Canine Upper Respiratory Infection Complex (C-URI) and Canine Infectious Tracheobronchitis, is a very contagious respiratory disease of dogs that may last for several days to several weeks. It is characterized by bouts of coughing. A number of microorganisms have been isolated from the dogs with upper respiratory disease, including viruses and bacteria. Dogs with mild signs do not require treatment. However, a warm, draft-free environment should be provided. Vigorous exercise, collar-induced pressure on the trachea (windpipe), and excitement should be avoided as these can induce coughing. If a dry, persistent, hacking cough is present, cough suppressants can be prescribed. Antibiotic therapy is recommended if bacterial involvement is suspected. We recommend you ... more
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