Heartworms used to be something just dog owners in the humid South worried about. No more. Heartworms are now a concern for both dog and cat owners in Southern California. Heartworms, which can be fatal, are transmitted to our pets through mosquito bites. Mosquitoes thrive in standing water. Inherently dry locales like the San Fernando Valley are now breeding more mosquitoes due to the real estate foreclosure crisis. More foreclosures mean more neglected swimming pools--a favorite breeding ground for mosquitoes looking to bite you and your pets. These worms thrive in your pet's pulmonary arteries, where the spaghetti-like worms interfere with lung and heart function. Unfortunately, this condition is untreatable in cats.
The treatment that works in dog is fatal to cats. To see how important it is to prevent this condition, view the KnowHeartworms.org video. There may be no symptoms at all, prior to sudden death, or there may be coughing or other systems as the worms interfere with breathing.
The key? Prevention. The good news? By using prescription Revolution as your regular flea and tick treatment, you'll get the added bonus of preventing heartworms in your cat. A product of Pfizer, Revolution treats a variety of parasites, all for the price of flea treatments by others.
To learn more, check out the CatWatch Newsletter from the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Also, check out KnowHearworms.org. There you will learn specifically about heartworms in cats.