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Protecting Your Pets
Dog owners can provide protection to their pets from
mosquitoes and other biting pests by using repellent products approved for use
on dogs. These products are commercially available from veterinarians and
protect against mosquito bites, which can transmit WNV and heartworms; and ticks
bites, which can transmit Lyme Disease. Safe use requires closely following
label directions. These products are not approved for use on cats. Cat owners
should keep their pets indoors to avoid exposure to mosquitoes.
Our recommendation is to protect your pets the same as you would protect
yourself: protect from mosquitoes by remaining indoors during the periods around
dusk and dawn when the mosquitoes are most active, keep windows screened, use
approved mosquito repellents (talk to your vet), and eliminate
mosquito-supporting habitat around your home.