Cat Health Topics
Heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis) disease is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition in cats. Heartworms live in your cat's heart and surrounding blood vessels, and can cause heart disease and organ failure, which can lead to death. Much of the damage occurs before there are any outward signs of the disease. Therefore, prevention is the key element in protecting your cat.
Cats can get heartworm disease the same way as dogs. Mosquitoes transmit the disease by biting an infected animal, then passing the infection on to other animals they bite, so any cat can be at risk; even indoor cats are not safe because mosquitoes can be found in the house.
Since heartworm disease is more difficult to diagnose in cats because symptoms are more subtle, it is very important to have your family veterinarian examine and test your cat. The most common signs of heartworm disease in cats include vomiting, coughing, difficulty breathing, lethargy and weight loss. In acute conditions, collapse, convulsions and sudden death may occur. Healthy-looking cats have been known to become sick and die within an hour of showing signs of the disease.
INTERCEPTOR® (milbemycin oxime) Flavor Tabs® for cats protect your cat from this deadly parasite.
Your pet must be tested for heartworms prior to using INTERCEPTOR Flavor Tabs. In cats, safety studies at up to 10 times the label dose did not detect any adverse drug reactions. Click HERE for full product information.
INTERCEPTOR® Flavor Tabs® for cats