What is the treatment for an animal that is infected with West Nile virus? Should an infected animal be destroyed?
There is no specific treatment, medication, or cure for illnesses caused by West Nile virus in dogs, cats, horses, or other animals. However, the symptoms and complications of the disease can be treated with supportive therapy that is consistent with standard veterinary practices for animals infected with a viral agent. Full recovery from the infection is likely and there is no reason to destroy an animal that is infected.