Protecting your pet from West Nile

Monday, September 3, 2012 - 3:29pm

MCLENNAN COUNTY -- As more human West Nile cases are confirmed in McLennan County some of you are asking 'What about my pets?'

Local veterinarian Kristin Dodson said several people have called in asking how to keep their pets safe from West Nile.

She said dogs and cats can contract the virus but they won't show any symptoms and it will not have an effect on them.

However horses and birds are a different story.

"Any neurologic symptoms that your horse is showing dullness, you know, stumbling anything like that I'd be concerned about contacting your veterinarian," said Dodson.

But she warns do not spray your pets with repellent because the DEET in the spray can harm your pet.


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