It is unlikely that most pet owners would notice any unusual symptoms or behavior in cats or dogs that become infected with West Nile Virus. Dogs and cats become infected when bitten by an infected mosquito.
There is also evidence that cats can become infected with the virus after eating infected mice.
There is no documented evidence of dogs or cats to people transmission of West Nile Virus.
Studies have not been able to detect virus in the saliva of infected dogs. This suggests that dog bites pose a low risk, if any, of transmission of West Nile Virus from dogs to other animals or people.
There is no West Nile Virus vaccine for cats and dogs.
Do not use insect repellent on your pets because animals tend to ingest them when licking. Ask your vet for advice.
For updated information on pets West Nile Virus go to www.aphis.usda.gov
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