They don't have severe symptoms to this illness. WNV causes sweeling of the brain and the skulls of dogs and cats are large enough to handle it and can heal on its own. http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/qa/wnv_dogs_cats.htm
Thanks, I was asking the girl at my vet's office about advantix (it advertises to take care of mosquitos as well and my dog uses frontline), but she said advantix only works on mosquitos like a week. Don't know if that's truth or not. Just wanted to make sure my pup was protected.
I am not sure dogs and cats can even get WNV. I know dogs don't suffer from any form of encephalitis medically that isn't caused by injury. As usual, I had to go googling to search up some factual information on this and coming to you straight from the US Govt Center for Disease Control.. is.. http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/birds&mammals.htm Yeah. Personally, I don't stress about getting WNV any more than I stress about getting the flu. FAR more people die annually from the influenza virus, and even chicken pox than die from WNV. Why add to my list of things to worry about?
HI! Just felt I had to respond to this post. I don't think that pets can contract West Nile Virus, and the advantix and frontline will repel mosquitos. However, for those of you like Minniyar that feel you do not need to worry about West Nile Virus in humans, let me tell you about my oldest son who is now 15. Last summer he was really ill for about a week with a severe headache, nausea and fatigue. The Dr.'s said it was a "virus". This continued for a week and we had several visits to the Dr. After a week of the first symptom, I found my son lying in bed in his own vomit, mumbling things that didn't make sense. I called 9-1-1 and they checked him out and by the time they got him onto the stretcher he was unconcsious, unresponsive and was having multiple seizures. He was transported to our local hospital where his vital signs declined rapidly. Our major hospital sent their life flight helicopter to our local hospital and the flight nurses intubated him and put him in a medically induced coma. Soon after arriving at the major hospital his vital signs improved and by the next morning he was off the ventilator. He was put on oxygen and he had brain scans and all sorts of tests. The result????? He had contracted LaCrosse Encephalitis from being bitten by an infected mosquito. He spent over a week in the intensive care unit and was sent home shortly after. He remained on seizure medicine for another month, his 2nd brain scan came back normal and he continued to have severe headaches and fatigue for an additional 3 months. He now is doing just great. This happened right at the beginning of his freshman year at high school and despite the rough beginning, he finished with a 3.50 GPA. WE live in the mountains of Western North Carolina and have many cases of West Nile Virus each year. My son was the first of only 2 people in our county to contract LaCrosse Encephalitis, so for those of you that think it can't happen to you, it can. My son is not one of those kids who spend all their days outside. It can happen to anyone, we are living proof. If I had not come into my son's room to check on him when I did, I was told he would've have been dead within 3 hours. Since he didn't aspirate his own vomit, he survived that, but his brain continued to shut down his breathing and other vital needs. It can happen to anyone, no one is immune. Everyone who reads this, please wear insect repellant with DEET when you are outdoors. I do not want anyone to go through what our family had to endure. We have 4 children and the other 3 were absoutely devastaed when their oldest brother was so ill. They insisted they had to stay home from school to be with him at the hospital. My husband lost 2 weeks of work and I about lost my mind. I still get upset when I see the medical airlift helicopter in the area. Please wear bug spray!!!
crzyfrmkids, what a nightmare! i have my daughter put on deet spray, i do too, there were some pretty healthy people in their 50's who had severe cases, and a couple deaths of pretty healthy people last year in my state from west nile.