Heartworm Associated Respiratory Disease (HARD) is a disease in which a heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis) affects the heart and lungs of cats. This parasite is transmitted through mosquito bites. The signs and symptoms of HARD include no symptoms at all, wheezing, vomiting, shortness of breath, not eating well, diarrhea, and sudden death.
Unfortunately, it is very difficult to test for and diagnose this disease in cats and treatments options are very limited. The only real option is prevention and there are many safe and effective preventatives available including Revolution, Advantage Multi and Heartgard.
Fleas are an often unpleasant surprise for many cat owners. The most important source of cat fleas are the eggs, larvae and pupae that lie in wait in carpets, bedding and furniture for a suitable host. Most cats live with fleas and show minimal signs. However, some cats may develop an allergy to the flea bite, anemia or become infected with tapeworms.
Fleas can be eliminated in the your home using a multi-pronged approach. All household animals must be treated with a safe and effective flea treatment, like Revolution, Advantage Multi or Comfortis, for a minimum of three months and the environment must be treated as well.
Visit CAPC to learn more about heartworm, fleas and other parasites.
173 West Auburn Road
Rochester Hills, MI 48307
(248) 852 - 2622