Q. Our Maltese coughs until he gags and sometimes spits out what he coughs. He has passed his yearly exam but his groomer has other dogs in a kennel.

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A. It does sound like kennel cough or possibly and irritation in the trachea. Heart problems can also present as a cough. If this has started or got worse since his health check then I would recommend having him seen again as it isn't normal. Maybe some further investigation, possibly xrays need to be done.

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