Cat Heartworm Infections to Rise

Elevated heartworm prevalence expected this spring, pet parasite group determines.

By BowTie News Editors | Posted: April 9, 2011, 8 a.m. EST

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Maine Coon cat -- Cat Heartworm to Rise this Spring
Weather forecasts for spring predict more cat heartworm infection, because above-normal precipitation levels will increase mosquito populations.
The United States will experience high populations of dog and cat heartworm due to anticipated above-normal temperatures and precipitation levels, according to the Spring 2012 Companion Animal Parasite Council Parasite Forecast, released last week by the CAPC.

The forecast for dog and cat heatworm is based on National Weather Service data, weather trends, dog and cat parasite prevalence statistics from veterinary clinics and animal shelters, and the collective expert opinion of parasitologists.

Through April 2012, the forecast calls for the following levels of dog and cat heartworm populations in five U.S. regions: “extremely high” in the South; “high” in the Northeast and Midwest; “moderate to higher-than-normal” in the Northwest; and “persistent spikes” in parts of the West.

“We want everyone to be especially vigilant in protecting themselves and their [dogs and cats] from the risks that parasites pose in every state in the country,” said CAPC board member and former president Byron Blagburn, M.S., Ph.D., a distinguished professor at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. “It’s important to remember that almost all parasites are completely preventable.”

The CAPC will issue another parasite forecast this fall that covers heartworm and ticks.
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Anon    City, CA

4/16/2012 6:13:51 PM

Sad news.

Aly    Hollister, CA

4/15/2012 12:34:57 PM

D:

Thomas    Port Washington, NY

4/11/2012 5:18:14 PM

I hope owners stay ontop of this.

Cathy    Hubbare, OH

4/10/2012 4:41:29 AM

A lot of bad bugs are going to come out of the warm weather we had. I hope these kitties and dogs are covered by their parents!

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