Heartworm is transmitted by being bitten by a mosquito.
There are different types of preventatives on the market. Some are in the chewable form and others are in the liquid gel form. We will help make that recommendation during your cat's annual exam. Most cats tend to do better with topical products.
The main symptoms include asthma-like coughing, open mouth breathing, and panting. Open mouth breathing and panting are not normal in cats. Other symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, and lethargy.
We will run some tests to confirm if your cat is heartworm positive. This is done as a blood test. We can also use our x-ray to take a look at the chest to see if there are any heartworms.
Early detection is important because it allows the creation of a maintenance plan for them. Once a cat is infected, the worms only live for a couple of years. However, as the worm starts to decay, it sets off a reaction that will cause the cat to pass away. There is currently no treatment for heartworm in cats. That is why we in the veterinary industry stress the importance of having your cat on heartworm preventative all year round.
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