Heartworm Disease in Cats

Are you familiar with heartworm disease? If not, talk to your vet about the disease and how it can possibly affect your cat. Also ask your vet to test your cat for heartworm disease and to recommend a monthly heartworm preventative medication to protect your cat from the disease. Heartworm disease is very serious. It is basically the invasion of worms in the heart and other vital organs of a cat. The worms can cause organ failure by cutting off the blood flow to the heart, lungs, and other organs. Heartworms are often transmitted through mosquitoes. Even if your area doesn’t have a lot of mosquitoes it only takes one bite to transfer the disease. It’s important to have your cat tested annually and to have your cat on a monthly prevention medication. Heartworms can also lead to secondary infections like heartworm associated respiratory disease (HARD). Talk to your Pleasanton, CA vet to learn more. 


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