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I am so sorry that it has taken so long to get your answer. The problem I see is that Sugah may be devloping Congestive Heart Disease. This can cause excessive fluid in her lungs causing a hacking cough that sounds like she is trying to get something out. Dogs do not get hair balls so this cough is due to either heart disease or a Respiratory infection. It is best to have your vet examine Sugah and run testing such as xrays, blood work and an EKG to rule out the possibilities for this cough. Treatment can be very effective.
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