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Live Chat: Dr. Katy Nelson, veterinarian

Thursday - 9/6/2012, 11:02am  ET

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Dr. Katy Nelson. (Courtesy Rich Kessler Designs)

WASHINGTON - The bugs of late summer are biting, and the nation is having its worst West Nile virus season in a decade.

While news spreads of various cities taking measures toward mosquito control and more people being infected, many pet owners are left wondering if their furry loved ones can be affected, too.

Dr. Katy Nelson, a veterinarian, will be in the newsroom on Thursday to answer your questions about pets, West Nile virus, and more.

She'll be taking your questions here live from 1 to 2 p.m. You can also leave questions on Facebook and Twitter, hashtag #WTOP.

Nelson has been an associate emergency veterinarian in Alexandria, Va. where she works with a wide variety of pets and pet problems.

She is passionate about health and fitness and helping dogs and cats to live the longest, fullest life that they can lead by staying fit and trim.

Nelson, a native of Louisiana, was raised on a small farm in the heart of the state where her childhood was filled with many beloved pets.

She earned her veterinary degree in 2001 from the Louisiana State University's School of Veterinary Medicine.