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Cats & Heartworm

Did you know that cats can get heartworm disease? Cats ARE more resistant to this disease than dogs; for every 100 dogs that get heartworm disease, only 10 cats will get it. And while the disease is less severe in cats, it's still something you want to help your cat avoid. Many people presume that if their cat is an indoor cat, they're safe, but fully 1/3 of all the cases IndyVet sees are strictly indoor cats.

The disease is spread by mosquitos so how can you protect your pet? Moreover, how can you recognize the disease if you suspect your cat may be affected?

Symptoms

  • Coughing

  • Troubled / raspy breathing

  • Vomiting

  • Lethargy

  • Heart Murmur

  • Irregular Heart Rhythm


Unfortunately, there is nor medication to eradicate the heartworm if your cat already has them, so prevention is the key and there are several different options, including:

  • Heartworm preventative treats - such as Heartguard

  • A monthly tablet called Interceptor

  • Topical treatments which can prevent fleas AND heartworm


Following some simple precautions can help ensure that you keep your cat safe and help them to live a long and happy life!



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