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KIMT NEWS 3 — A virus is causing concern with dogs in central Iowa.
Animal experts in Des Moines have confirmed several cases of kennel cough in the region.
The respiratory disease, while not life threatening, causes inflammation of the windpipe and voice box in dogs leading to a cough.
Locally, animal shelters say they haven’t seen a breakout with the cough.
But, they are ready if it did ever happen.
“If for some reason we do get an outbreak of kennel cough, we will, it depends on the case of course, if they are bad, running a temperature, coughing up fluids, we will take them to the vet and get them medicine for it,” Paw and Claws Humane Society Shelter Manager Tanya Johnson.
She adds they haven’t had kennel cough in their facility and that it can be prevented with a vaccine.
If the dog is in a shelter or kennel environment, they recommend getting the vaccine every six months to prevent it.