Summer is winding down but there is still time to take full advantage of the outdoor warm weather activities. This means, spending a significant time enjoying the great Massachusetts outdoors, at all hours of the day!

Massachusetts and NH residents, have just been warned of the rare, but possibly fatal, EEE virus (eastern equine encephalitis). Although this virus is not commonly found in dogs and cats, we still have to take the necessary precautions to protect ourselves, and our fur babies. In previous years, EEE hasn’t been as prevalent, as in the summer of 2019, according to Ethos Veterinary Health.  

What are the symptoms of EEE? Mass.gov

Although the risk of contracting EEE in dogs and cats is low:

  1. Lethargy
  2. Changes in personality
  3. Off-balance
  4. Fever

How can I protect my pet against EEE?

There are products that are safe for dogs to help repel mosquitoes that could be carrying this virus. Unfortunately, like human products, they are not guaranteed in the prevention of EEE. To keep your pet safe, it is best to speak with your veterinarian, prior to administering parasite control products.