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West Nile Virus in found in Thornton

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Mosquitoes infected with the West Nile virus have been found in Thornton, the Tri-County Health Department confirmed Friday. These are the first mosquitoes that have tested positive for the virus in Adams County this year, a release from the department says. At Church Ranch we want to be sure that our clients know that their pets are susceptible to West Nile. However, it is very rare for dogs or cats to become sick unless they are older, younger or have a poor immune system. Animals become infected just as humans do, by being bit by a mosquito that is carrying the disease. Symptoms of West Nile include trouble walking, muscle weakness, shaking, circling and seizures. If you think you pet has been exposed to West Nile and they are experiencing any of these symptoms call the office for an appointment. We all know our pets enjoy the outdoors, so here are a few precautionary measures you can take to decrease the likelihood of your pet becoming exposed: 1. Keep your yard free of standing water. 2. Carefully removing dead wildlife from your yard using protective equipment. And 3. Spraying your pet with a mixture of 1 tbs Avon Skin So Soft and 1 pint of water.

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