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ATTENTION, DOG OWNERS: IMPORTANT INFO ON WEST NILE VIRUS
AND MOSQUITO CONTROL
If there's a companion canine in your life, you may be wondering
if Rover is at risk of contracting West Nile Virus (WNV).
Good news--the vast majority of dogs are not in danger. Because
there have been very few reported cases of canines suffering
from WNV-related illness, dogs do not appear to be particularly
susceptible to the virus. But to set minds at ease and educate
dog owners on how to minimize exposure to mosquitoes that
transmit various diseases, including WNV and heartworm, the
ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) offers the following
• Keep pets indoors during times when mosquitoes are
most active--dawn, dusk and early evening. Eliminate areas
of standing water that can serve as breeding grounds for
mosquitoes, and remember to recheck after each rainfall. Be
sure to change outdoor water bowls daily to prevent mosquitoes
from using them to lay their eggs.
• The APCC does not recommend the use of mosquito-control
products that contain DEET. Dogs--and cats, too--are extremely
sensitive to DEET and may develop neurological problems if
a product formulated with DEET is applied to them.
• Avoid using pest-control products with concentrated
essential oils such as tea tree, pennyroyal and d-limonine.
Not only can concentrates of these products cause weakness,
paralysis, liver problems and seizures in pets, their effectiveness
has not been proven.If you suspect that your pet has been
poisoned by pesticides or any other potentially harmful substance,
call your veterinarian or the APCC at (888)426-4355. For
more information on WNV and pet poison prevention, visit