Mild winter could cause outbreak of pet diseases

Vets and other animal experts are concerned the mild winter may mean serious problems for dogs and cats this summer.

Vets around the country are worried the early arrival of ticks and mosquitoes will cause outbreaks of pet diseases such as heartworm.

That is why the Companion Animal Parasite Council has started a county-by-county website to update owners on pet diseases.

Chris Carpenter, former director of the Companion Animal Parasite Council, says, “[It’s important] for you to see just how prevalent it is and it's not just limited to heartworm. We'll give you updates on tick diseases and other parasitic diseases that are prevalent throughout the country.”

Newscenter16 has a link to the Council's county-by-county pet information. Just click on the Big Red Bar.

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