It’s that time of year! Do you remember the old Advantix commercial with the adorable puppy singing, “There ain’t no bugs on me?” Well, if you’re not protecting your cat from fleas, then there very well could be bugs on your mug (err, cat). Even more urban environments like Portland have thriving flea populations that would love nothing more than to make a new home on your pet. Believe it or not, we see cats with fleas all the time here at the clinic, even lots of indoor cats!
While we can all agree that fleas are bothersome, did you know that they actually have the potential to cause health problems? Fleas are a parasite that feed on the blood of their host and transmit many diseases which pose a threat not only to your cat but to you and your family as well. They can cause allergic reactions, tapeworms, anemia, Bartonella (aka Cat Scratch Fever), typhus, and even the plague!
Remember: While they’re not as common, it’s just as important to be aware of the risk of heartworms too. Did you know that all they need in order to infect your cat is a bite from a mosquito? Because of this, indoor cats are at risk too, and officials are predicting that this is going to be a bad year for bugs here in Oregon. In cats, heartworms are the cause of a lung disease called HARD and can cause many other health problems including sudden death. Some common symptoms include lethargy, coughing, difficulty breathing, loss of appetite, periodic vomiting, and weight loss, but they may not show any symptoms. Since there is no cure for heartworm disease in cats, the best way to protect them is through prevention.
To protect your cat from getting fleas (and heartworms!), our doctors recommended using Revolution. It’s applied topically every 3-4 weeks and is considered by our veterinarians to be the safest and most effective product on the market. It not only protects against both fleas and heartworms, but it covers roundworms, hookworms, and ear mites too! Unfortunately, you can’t buy Revolution from the pet store because it requires a prescription, but you can buy it through us here at the clinic or at an online pharmacy. Currently, we’re having a promotion where if you buy 6, you get 2 free!
If you have any questions or concerns about your cat, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with us, we welcome you give us a call at (503) 968-6000 or schedule an appointment online. We look forward to hearing from you!