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Cats Get Heartworms Too

Cats Get Heartworms Too

Posted in [Cat Care] By Dr. Nieuwoudt

Lately we have been diagnosing an increased number of cats with heartworms which are spread by mosquitoes. Surprizingly many of these cats are indoor only cats and have been for their entire lives.  Cats, unlike dogs, cannot be treated to remove the heartworms. Their presenting signs are frequently vomiting, coughing, decreasing energy levels and, often, sudden death. The good news is that heartworms are nearly 100% preventable in dogs AND cats. The next time you bring your cats in, let's sit down and go over the different options for heartworm prevention. Below is a link to the American Heartworm Society for more information.

http://www.heartwormsociety.org/pet-owner-resources/feline-heartworm.html

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