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Are Exotic Shorthair Cats at Risk for Heartworms?

The short answer is yes. Exotic Shorthair cats and all feline breeds are at risk for heartworm disease. In fact, heartworm disease has been diagnosed in all 50 U.S. states and all provinces throughout Canada. Even if your area has a low mosquito population, it does not mean that your cat is safe from heartworms. It only takes one infected mosquito to bite your cat and create a lifetime of problems for your cat’s health if she survives the aggressive treatment needed to destroy the heartworms. Heartworms are a real threat. They are dangerous as they can invade the bloodstream, attack the heart and lungs and other vital organs. They can cause organ failure in cats of all ages. You should assume all cats are in danger of heartworm disease. With this in mind, place your cat on a monthly preventative medication to protect her from heartworms. Talk with your Bee Cave TX veterinary clinic to learn more.

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