Does my cat need heartworm preventative?
Yes!! Although cats get heartworm disease much less often than dogs, they still are at risk for developing the deadly problem. On average, for every 6 dogs with heartworm disease, there will be a cat infected with heartworms. Interestingly, indoor cats are at equal risk as outdoor kitties, due to the lax immune system typically seen in indoor-only cats.
Heartworm disease in cats is NOT treatable; the most common sign of it in cats is sudden, unexplained death. Obviously, the preferred method of dealing with feline heartworm disease is to prevent it from happening in the first place!
The doctors of Windmill Animal Hospital recommend the monthly heartworm preventative Revolution for all our feline patients. Revolution is a topical product, applied to the skin between the shoulder blades. Revolution not only prevents heartworms, but also prevents ear mites, fleas, mange, and intestinal worms.
Does my dog need a heartworm test every year?
Heartworm preventatives are prescription products because they can cause a fatal drug reaction if given to dogs that actually have heartworms. Heartworm preventative should not be given to dogs that have not been tested; if the dog has heartworms, the dog could die.
Heartworm preventatives are prescription products. Prescription products can only be dispensed by licensed, practicing veterinarians, who are required, by law, to strictly follow the prescription guidelines from the product's manufacturer.
The American Heartworm Association recommends ALL dogs be tested periodically for heartworms.
At Windmill Animal Hospital, our canine patients are heartworm tested every year.