How is Heartworm Disease Transmitted in Cats?

Heartworms are primarily transmitted in cats via mosquitoes. This means that a mosquito that bites an infected animal of any kind that is carrying heartworm disease will most likely pick up the disease as well. The mosquito then transmits that disease to the next animal it bites, which could be your cat. Cats that are on heartworm prevention medication are better equipped to fight a possible attach than cats without the medication in their system. Whether your cat lives indoors or outdoors, he is still at risk for heartworm and should be tested regularly and on monthly prevention medication. Heartworm disease has been diagnosed in all U.S. states and Canadian provinces. Please talk to your vet about the disease and how to protect your cats. Keep standing water out of your hard and spray with animal-friendly pesticides to reduce mosquitoes in your area. Consult with your Westside Pet Hospital to learn more.


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