5 Facts About Heartworm Disease
Did you know cats can get heartworm disease?
Did you know that Cats can get Heartworm Disease just like dogs can? For the rest of March and April, we are going to be discussing Heartworm Disease as well as running specials on Heartworm Prevention for both dogs and cats!
Here are a few quick facts about Heartworm Disease in Cats:
- Heartworm disease in cats is very similar to heartworm disease in dogs. Both are caused by Diroflaria immitis, which is transmitted by mosquitoes. An infected mosquito must bite cats in order to be infected by the parasite. These are the same mosquitoes that bite you and me.
- Diagnosis can be difficult in cats. Common snap tests detect an antigen present in the blood, this antigen is only produced by female heart worms. This is not an issue with dogs, who have 30+ worms consisting of male and female worms, but cats actually do not have as many worms as dogs so testing is not as accurate. If the cat was infected with only male worms the test would be negative even with a serious infection. Unlike with dogs, there are no common treatments for heartworm disease in cats. This is why PREVENTION is very important.
- Positive cats with clinical signs should have x-rays of the chest performed. Positive cats should also be started on a product like Revolution long term, which is also one of the products that we recommend for both flea and heartworm prevention in cats. We also carry a heartworm and intestinal parasite product called Heartgard for our feline friends.
If you have any questions or would like to learn more – just give us a call at 904-744-1100!
We want your pet to be happy and healthy!
Part of that process is a monthly heartworm preventative and annual heartworm testing.