A Kansas county has approved a plan to offer cough and cold therapy to dogs, saying it will save taxpayers millions of dollars.
County Commissioner Bill Pritchard announced the plan Wednesday at a news conference, and the plan includes the use of an inhaler and other treatments.
It is the first such effort in the United States, and it comes after a similar program in New York City, where the county also has offered a free treatment to dogs.
Pritchett said his office has not yet had to apply for state funding for the program.
Pritchard said he expects to receive approval for the plan from the county Board of Commissioners next month.
PricewaterhouseCoopers has not responded to a request for comment.
A similar program was enacted in New Jersey in 2012.
But New Jersey officials declined to fund the program because the state’s health department concluded it did not meet the standards set by the federal government.
The county is trying to be the first in the nation to offer the therapy, which has been approved by the state.
Pregnant women can receive the treatment through a private health insurance plan, and adults can use the program through a community health center.
The county is also considering offering it to pets.
Pretreatment for coughs and colds is considered an effective way to treat people with allergies, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
Punctuation is a common complaint for some dogs.
In a 2013 study, dog owners reported that their dogs urinated in the same spots that they urinated on in a study by the University of California-Davis.