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Cat Heartworm


This collection of Cat Heartworm articles has been curated for you by Central Texas Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Hospital. If you would like to talk to a veterinarian, please give us a call at (512) 892-9038.

Heartworm Awareness Month: How to Prevent Cat Heartworm Disease

April is Heartworm Awareness Month and, as veterinarians, we are happy to have an opportunity to spread awareness about this devastating yet completely preventable disease. And while heartworm disease is often associated with dogs, cats can be affected with heartworms, too. The thing is, cats are considered atypical hosts for heartworms because most worms in cats do not survive to the adult stage.


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We Heart Cats But So Do Mosquitoes: Your Cat Heartworm 4-1-1

It’s a silent killer that has no cure, but it’s easily preventable. We may think of heartworm disease as more of a dog problem and, while more dogs than cats contract heartworms, mosquitoes find cats just as tempting of a meal as they do dogs. One shelter found during a year-long study that 26% of cats had been infected with heartworm larvae at some point in their lives, with 10% of heartworms making it to adulthood.


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Protecting Your Pet from Heartworms

We are so proud of pet owners who take such loving care of their family members. They buy good quality food, keep their dogs and cats clean and sheltered, and protect them from infectious diseases. But many owners are still unaware of the dangers of heartworm disease, a leading cause of pet illness and death in many areas of the country.


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Are Your Pets Protected from Heartworms?

Heartworm infection is a serious and potentially fatal disease in both dogs and cats. Fortunately, however, this disease is 100 percent preventable!

What are Heartworms?

Heartworms are long, spaghetti-like parasites that live in the heart or pulmonary arteries. They are transmitted by mosquitoes. When an infected mosquito bites a dog or cat, it deposits heartworm larvae into the body. The larvae migrate for several months before ending up in the right side of the heart or the pulmonary arteries.


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3 Important Facts About Heartworm

April is National Heartworm Awareness Month! Are your pets protected? Here’s what you need to know.

Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitos.

Heartworms are long, spaghetti-like parasites that live in the heart or pulmonary arteries. These worms cause disease by clogging the heart and major blood vessels, resulting in reduced blood supply to other organs, such as the liver, kidney and lungs.


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