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Posted on 04-17-2014

If you’ve heard that only dogs get heartworms, we need to set the record straight. Cats definitely do get heartworms. In fact, we’ve learned lately that feline heartworm disease is more common that we once thought. Even though cats don’t get heartworms as often as dogs, they can get much sicker. 

Here are several facts to consider: First, just one or two worms can be devastating to a cat. Second, heartworms don’t have to reach adulthood to affect a cat’s health, and even immature worms can cause serious lung disease or death. Third, the damage heartworms cause can permanently affect your cat’s health. Your cat needs heartworm prevention. 

A month’s worth of heartworm protection for your cat will cost less than dinner. Plus, heartworm preventive is a real bargain when you realize that you’re getting a lot more than just protection from heartworms. Most products also control intestinal parasites and fleas, and some even treat ear mites. Heartworm preventive is important to your cat’s overall health and it’s worth your investment.

The fact is that heartworm has been diagnosed in every state in the country. Mosquitoes transmit heartworms, and they’re a lot smarter and tougher than you think. In parts of the nation that stay cold for six months or more, there are lots of warm, protected spots where mosquitoes live. In urban areas, radiated heat is stored in concrete and asphalt and is released at night when mosquitoes are active. In rural areas, mosquitoes may find a warm spot in a hollow log or animal burrow to ride out the winter. So, even cold areas have mosquitoes. And in dry areas like the desert, thanks to sprinkler systems, birdbaths, and watering cans, there are pockets of standing water everywhere where mosquitoes can 

So it boils down to this…no matter where you live, is it worth putting your cat at risk? Or do you want to give a single medication once a month to keep him safe? Think about it this way. You may never have been in a car wreck, but you still put on your seat belt. Would you risk your life by not wearing one? Likewise, why would you risk your cat’s life by not giving him heartworm medicine? 

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