Posted: July 30, 2014 at 2:12 a.m.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette illustration of kennel cough.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette illustration of kennel cough.

My dog gets groomed every month and I recently switched groomers. The new groomer, who works in my veterinarian's office, says that my dog needs to be vaccinated for kennel cough because she spends the day with the other dogs there for grooming. In fact, she says my dog needs the shot before she can be groomed there. How long does a shot last? Is it really necessary?

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