Heartworm Disease is a potentially deadly but preventable infection transmitted by mosquitoes that carry the heartworm larvae from one animal to another. Once established in a host, the heartworm will live in the blood vessels leading from the heart to the lungs and in advanced infections, may enter the heart. Heartworms can stress the heart, blood vessels, and lungs when alive and can cause sudden respiratory distress when they die inside a host.
While infected, a cat may show no signs or may exhibit only mild symptoms including weight loss. Cats harboring mature worms may vomit and exhibit intermittent lethargy, coughing, and occasional shortness of breath.
- shortness of breath
- weight loss
It is estimated the 25 to 50 per cent of infected cats survive a heartworm infection. Preventative measures are recommended. Remember never to diagnose your pet or administer any product without first consulting your vet.