Heartworm and Felines

CATS & HEARTWORM DISEASE

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If you have a dog, you’ve no doubt heard our Carolina Value Pet Care team members and me strongly encourage you to get your dog on heartworm prevention.  And we’ll always continue to do so.  It’s that important for your dog’s health, well-being and protection against this potentially life-threatening disease.

If you have a cat, perhaps we haven’t repeatedly filled your ears about the need for heartworm prevention.   Why is that ? Is it because cats don’t get heartworms ???

Actually cats DO get heartworm infections.  But in cats, heartworms are a vastly different disease than in dogs.  Of course, the one common trait to all pets is that they can only get heartworms from mosquitos.  There is no other way. 

So how is the disease different between cats and dogs ?

DETECTION:

  • DOGS – Very reliable tests to tell if your dog does or does not have heartworm infection
  • CATS – Very difficult to diagnose with tests

NUMBER of WORMS:

  • DOGS – May develop dozens of worms in the heart and lungs
  • CATS – May only develop 1 or 2 worms

DEATH by HEARTWORMS: 

  • DOGS – May carry heartworms for years before developing signs and symptoms of disease, and ultimately become fatal
  • CATS – Even with only 1 heartworm, it can cause sudden death

TREATMENT: 

  • DOGS – Effective treatments available
  • CATS – No effective treatment available

Just as with dogs, cats that spend any time outdoors are at higher risk of getting heartworm disease.  And I highly recommend that those kitties definitely should be on heartworm prevention.   While less of a threat to indoor cats, heartworms infection can occur since mosquitos do sneak into the house on occasion.

We offer 2 different products which provide heartworm protections as well as flea protection.

  1. Bravecto Plus – A topical liquid which prevents heartworms as well as treating fleas and ticks and roundworms and hookworms with a single application every 2 months / 60 days.
  2. Revolution Plus – A topical liquid which prevents heartworms as well as treating fleas and ticks and roundworms and hookworms with a single application once a month / every 30 days.

We are happy to provide you with any additional information about heartworm disease and prevention in both dogs and cats.

We look forward to seeing you soon !Dr Bob Parrish & The Carolina Value Pet Care Team