Ouch, the mosquitoes are back

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Along with the beautiful warm weather comes the return of mosquitoes.

Snowmelt and spring rain has allowed for soggy ground and mosquito ponds.

During 2017, Vermont found 89 cases of the West Nile Virus across each corner of the state.

Contrasting for New York, only six areas were found with the virus. All of them were found in Clinton County.

Three cases of West Nile Virus were found in people in Vermont, with one person infected in Saint Lawrence County, New York.

A bit of good news for pet owners, the West Nile Virus has no impact on the health of dogs and cats.

But, the mosquito does spread heartworm disease. Left untreated can be life-threatening.

“While our pets aren’t affected by West Nile, we definitely worry about heartworm disease. Mosquitoes transmit that from biting dogs, then your dog can get bitten by that same mosquito. Luckily there are ways to prevent that disease,” said Adrian Flanders a veterinarian with Fitzgerald Veterinary Hospital.

Flanders tells us, it’s important for all pet owners to consult with your veterinarian about preventative medication.

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