From your Chester County Veterinarian - Heartworm disease, it's not just a dog problem

Mar 23, 2017

Blog-3.jpgHere are the facts:

  • Mosquitoes transmit heartworms
  • Mosquitoes can bite cats
  • Cats can get heartworm disease

 So why is it that most people focus on preventing heartworm disease in dogs and not in cats? After all, mosquitoes don’t care who they bite.


Most pet cats live inside a home. And most pet owners are under the misconception that indoor pets are not susceptible to a mosquito bite. In reality, mosquitos are everywhere, including your home. And it only takes one bite for a cat or a dog to become infected.


Heartworm disease in cats often shows up as a respiratory condition because the early stages of heartworm disease can appear similar to asthma or allergic bronchitis. If your cat is coughing, panting, gagging, fainting, open-mouth breathing, or having substantial difficulty breathing, call us to make an appointment at Affinity. At the clinic, we can test your cat and have the results in as little as 10 minutes.


We can recommend a number of heartworm prevention products and can help you determine the right course of action for your pet’s lifestyle.  If you want to protect your cat from the dangers of heartworm disease, schedule an appointment today.




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