What are heartworms?
How do cats get heartworm?
Symptoms of heartworm in cats
Heartworm disease in cats can be very serious. Symptoms of heartworm in cats may include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Decreased appetite
- Weight loss
- Difficulty walking
- Fluid accumulation in the abdomen
Unfortunately, the first heartworm sign in some cases is sudden collapse or sudden death.
Treatment of heartworm in cats
Prevention of heartworm in cats
Heartworm disease in cats can be fatal and there are no approved drugs to treat heartworm infections in cats. For these reasons, using heartworm prevention is extremely important.
Monthly treatment with NexGard SPECTRA® for Cats prevents heartworm disease in cats, as well as providing protection against fleas, ticks, mites, lungworm and intestinal worms (including tapeworms). It provides the most complete parasite protection, all in one easy, monthly application.
Can cats get heartworm?
Yes, cats can become infected with heartworm and significant lung disease can occur in cats due to the inflammatory response to the immature worms.
Is heartworm in cats treatable?
There are no medications approved to treat existing heartworm infections in cats but your vet may recommend supportive care and monitoring. As treatment options are limited, using heartworm prevention all year-round is very important.
How to detect heartworm in cats?
Diagnosing heartworm in cats can be difficult because cats typically have very low numbers of adult heartworms. Diagnosis may involve xrays, ultrasound and different types of blood tests.
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