Spring has sprung, and along with spring comes mosquitoes which means the risk of our cats getting heartworm disease begins to increase as well. Did you know that heartworm isn’t just a dog disease? Unfortunately, cats can get heartworms too. All they need in order to spread to your cat is a bite from an infected mosquito so even cats that never go outside are at risk too. (According to the American Heartworm Society, 1 in 4 cases of heartworm disease occurs in indoor cats!)
Some common symptoms are coughing, difficulty breathing, intermittent vomiting, and weight loss, but they may seem to show no symptoms at all. According to the ASPCA, heartworms in cats are a primary cause of lung disease, and if left untreated, it can cause many health problems including sudden death.
Because there is no known cure for heartworm disease in cats, the best way to protect them is through prevention. At Cat Care Professionals, we recommend using Revolution which protects cats from fleas, heartworms, roundworms, hookworms, and ear mites! It’s a topical medication that is applied every 3-4 weeks and our veterinarians consider it to be the safest and most effective product on the market. It can be purchased through us here at our clinic in Lake Oswego or at an online pharmacy.
To find out your cat’s risk of heartworm disease and other parasites, click here for a map of parasite prevalence in your area.