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Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. With an older dog like this, there could be many reasons why he is coughing as such. An enlarged heart, congestive heart failure (usually more wet sounding), heartworm disease (if not on prevention), lung tumors and chronic allergic bronchitis would be the most common causes we would look for. Chronic bronchitis tends to be the most common cause. I would recommend getting your vet to take an x-ray of his chest and run some blood work. Most likely, the x-ray will uncover the source of the coughing if in the lungs. It is possible to have a mass in the trachea but that is less common. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.
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