Cats can get heartworm too!

Heartworm disease is an increasingly recognized problem in cats. As in dogs, heartworms are transmitted by feeding mosquitoes and, once mature, end up in the right side of the heart and the large vessels of the lungs. While infection rates in cats are lower than in dogs, studies have shown that up 10-14% of shelter cats are infected. Because mosquitoes can transmit the disease, being an indoor-only cat does not prevent a cat from getting infected. Signs of heartworm infection in cats can vary in severity from asymptomatic to sudden death.

How will heartworms affect my cat?

Signs of infection are variable but most often are related to the respiratory system. A veterinarian may suspect that a cat has been infected in cases of coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing, vomiting, lethargy or weight loss.  While some cats will have very mild signs, others can develop signs of congestive heart failure. Some cats will suffer from sudden death as a result of the death of one or more worms.

Is heartworm disease treatable in the cat?

At the present time, there are no acceptable treatments for eliminating heartworms from infected cats. Because of the potential for serious or fatal consequences of infection, and lack of approved treatment, preventing heartworm is the best strategy.

How do I prevent my cat from getting heartworms?

Call us today at 810-678-3938 to find out the best products available to prevent your loveable cat from getting this life threatening disease.