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Respiratory illness in dogs can be nasty and are often a threat to other pets. Often referred to as "kennel cough," canine infectious tracheobronchitis is highly contagious and affects the trachea as well as the large air passages of the lungs.
A dry hacking cough followed by gagging and sometimes, coughing up mucus are sure-fire signs of Kennel cough. Kennel cough can be viral, bacterial or even a combination of both. A veterinarian will need to examine the animal to diagnose tracheobronchitis.
There is no specific test that will confirm the existence of the illness but the vet will be able to rule out other, more serious possibilities.