Preventing Parasites: Protect Your Kitty & the Rest of Your Family From Harm
At The Feline Medical Center, we are dedicated to meeting the special health needs of cats. Because we treat kitties exclusively, we’re knowledgeable about issues that can impact the health of cats living in Southeast Houston and the Gulf Coast area. Chief among these is the blood-borne parasite infection known as heartworm disease.
Most pet owners know about the dangers that heartworms pose to dogs. However, cats are just as susceptible to getting heartworms. Even if your kitty remains indoors at all times, he or she is still at risk. It only takes one bite from an infected mosquito to transmit the microfilaria (baby heartworms) and initiate this potentially deadly disease.
View this video on the heartworm life cycle and this disease in cats.
The progression of heartworm disease in cats differs from that of dogs. The disease in cats results in the development of symptoms of the respiratory tract that often mimic asthma or bronchitis. Testing for the disease can be frustrating, and it is often difficult to diagnose. Once a cat has become infected, the microfilaria migrate through the tissues, blood vessels, and lungs, often causing severe inflammation in the lungs. This leads to the development of HARD, Heartworm Associated Respiratory Disease. Since there is no cure for this disease in cats, prevention is critical.
Fortunately, we have an excellent FDA-approved drug for the prevention of feline heartworm disease. The product is Revolution©. Revolution is a unique, topical medication that not only prevents and protects against heartworm disease, but also treats ear mites, roundworms, and hookworms. In addition, Revolution also kills adult fleas, flea eggs, and larval-stage fleas, making other flea control measures unnecessary. All of this protection comes in a small topical application that a pet owner applies to the skin on the back of the cat’s neck once a month.
Because we live in a warm, moist climate, mosquitoes are present year-round, making it essential that all cats be treated every month. RemindMyPet.Com is a free service that sends monthly reminders via text message, email, or both to help you remember to administer your pet’s next dose of heartworm preventive. Many of our clients rely on this service and have found it to be very helpful.
Additional Parasite Precautions
By providing your feline with heartworm preventive, you will not only be protecting his or her life, but also ensuring your family’s safety as well. Cats as well as dogs often carry parasites that can be transmitted to other pets and people. Revolution is effective at eliminating these parasites from your kitty so that your family and other pets are not exposed.
It’s also important to bring your cat in for a preventive care exam each year. This will enable our veterinarians to review his or her blood work, test a fecal sample for parasites, and provide any necessary treatments. According to the Companion Animal Parasite Council, taking these simple steps—in conjunction with a proper pet diet that does not include raw meat—will help ensure your kitty is protected and remains in good health.