Heartworm Disease Prevention

heartworm free cat in garden

You may know that heartworm disease can affect your dog, but did you know it can affect your cat, too? Though less prevalent in cats, the effects can be just as serious—everything from vomiting and lethargy to respiratory distress and death. Diagnostic tests are often inconclusive, and treatment is nearly impossible; fortunately, prevention is relatively affordable and can be given either orally (Heartguard) or topically (Advantage Multi, which also treats and prevents fleas). And don’t forget to treat your indoor cats as well; studies have shown that as many as 47% of indoor-only cats have been exposed to heartworm, and a mosquito that bites an indoor cat has just the same chance of transmitting heartworm as a mosquito that bites an outdoor cat.

Visit the American Heartworm Society for more information.