Signs of Heartworm Disease in Cats

Heartworms is a dangerous disease that is often transmitted from infected animals to uninfected animals by mosquitoes. If a mosquito bites an infected animal it can be draw up the larvae in the blood and carry it to the next animal it bites. The larvae are then released in the bloodstream where they become infective and mature into adults. They can live in the bloodstream for years without you knowing it. Cats especially don’t always show physical symptoms of heartworms. If they do, they may display coughing, asthma, vomiting, decreased appetite, and weight loss. Difficulty walking, fainting, seizures, and the buildup of fluid in the abdomen may also be symptoms. The heartworms normally invade the heart, lungs or other vital organs. They are also known to create a blockage in the bloodstream preventing necessary blood flow to organs. If your cat has any symptoms, call your animal hospital Aurora, CO immediately.


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