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What are the symptoms of West Nile virus in dogs?

Last Updated: 13th January, 2020

Symptoms of West Nile include trouble walking, muscle weakness, shaking, circling and seizures. Call us if your pet has any of these symptoms.

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In respect to this, what are the symptoms of West Nile in dogs?

During blood feeding, the virus is injected into the animal. The virus then multiplies and may cause clinical signs in a susceptible animal. Most infections are inapparent or mild. If your pet shows signs of fever, depression, incoordination, muscle weakness or spasms, seizures or paralysis, see your veterinarian.

Also Know, does West Nile affect dogs? Dogs can get West Nile, but there are only a few reported cases. During experiments, dogs that were bitten by infected mosquitos did not show any signs of illness and had a very low level of virus in their blood. Cats can also get West Nile, but there are also only a few reported cases.

Likewise, people ask, can West Nile virus kill dogs?

While pets can contract West Nile virus (WNV), the CDC states that only a small number of dogs and cats with WNV have been reported. The symptoms are generally confined to a light fever and lethargy. (Learn more about WNV in dogs and cats.) Do not use human insect repellent on your pets.

How does West Nile virus affect animals?

West Nile virus (WNV) primarily affects birds, but can also be infect bats, horses, cats, dogs, chipmunks, skunks, squirrels, domestic rabbits, alligators and humans. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds. Infected mosquitoes can then spread WNV to humans and other animals when they bite.

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