Mosquitoes Bring Risk for Feline Heartworm Disease

Indoor, outdoor cats both at risk.

Posted: April 4, 2007, 5 a.m. EDT

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Mosquito Causes Feline Heartworm
Heartworm Associated Respiratory Disease (HARD) in cats is contracted through mosquito bites and often mistaken for asthma or allergic bronchitis.
If your cat is coughing or having trouble breathing, it could mean heartworms.

Research has revealed that these signs, which are often misdiagnosed as feline asthma or allergic bronchitis, could indicate a cat is suffering from Heartworm Associated Respiratory Disease (HARD).

Cats get infected with heartworm larvae from a mosquito bite, and since mosquitoes often get inside, both indoor and outdoor cats are at risk. Veterinarians recommend giving cats a monthly heartworm preventive, which also protects against other parasites.

There is no medication available to treat heartworm disease in cats, so prevention is crucial.

Pfizer Animal Health has created a video with information about feline heartworms. It’s available at:

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Sara    Atlanta, GA

4/4/2007 6:33:58 PM

I'm so glad to read this update. My vet suggested that my indoor kitten get a monthly heartworm preventative medicine. I'd rather pay the money each month than have my little girl get sick.

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