Sponsored Post: Protect Your Pet From West Nile Virus
West Nile virus has been causing concern across the US this summer. A recent update by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) says that 47 states have reported infections in people, birds, and mosquitos and that the 1,118 cases reported through the third week in August was the highest since the virus was first detected in the United States in 1999.Contracting this mosquito-borne virus can lead to West Nile Fever, which causes a number of unpleasant symptoms in humans such as fever, fatigue, headaches, vomiting, and a rash. Fortunately, the CDC says that only a small number of pets have been reported with the virus and that the symptoms in dogs and cats were mild – just a light fever and lethargy.
Still, it’s better to prevent infection, and there are a few steps you can take to protect your pet.
- Mosquitoes are more likely to be out during the early morning and evening, so keep your pet inside at these times.
- Ask your local pet shop or vet to recommend a mosquito repellant that’s safe for pets. Human insect repellant is toxic to pets and should not be used.
- If possible, do not let your pet pick up dead animals such as mice and birds because they may be carrying the virus.
- Keep an eye on your pet for signs of illness. Many pets may not exhibit symptoms, but if your cat, dog or bird suddenly acts depressed, has less appetite, or is finding it difficult to walk, then they could be suffering West Nile Fever. More serious symptoms could include convulsions, circling, and holding their head in an unusual position.
If you suspect that your pet has West Nile Virus, it’s important to get him or her to the vet. Of course, if you have pet insurance, you will be covered for the treatment of this virus and any other unique diseases that may arise over the coming months and years. Even if you are the most careful owner in the world, your cat, dog or bird can still fall ill, so it pays to be prepared.
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