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Transmission of Heartworm Disease in Cats

Heartworm disease is a fatal disease that occurs in all kinds of animals including cats and dogs. Heartworms don’t care what breed, sex, or age your cat is. If your cat is not on a monthly prevention medication, the heartworms will attack. So how do these foot-long worm like creatures get inside of your cat? It all starts with a bite. Mosquitoes are the number one transmitter of heartworm disease. They bite an infected animal and suck up the larvae with the blood. When they bite a cat, the release those larvae into the cat’s blood stream while sucking blood from the cat. The larvae matures and grows into infective heartworms ready to block blood flow and destroy major organs including the heart and lungs. Heartworms can live anywhere between 2 to 3 years inside of your cat causing fatal damage. Call your veterinary clinic Hyattsville, MD to learn more.

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