Heartworms can infect dogs and cats. It only takes one mosquito bite to infect your precious pet. In dogs, symptoms include lethargy, exercise intolerance, coughing, and ascites (fluid in the abdomen). Symptoms in cats include breathing difficulty, vomiting, and sudden death. Heartworms in dogs can be treated with medication but it involves strict exercise restriction for 6-8 weeks. Heartworms in cats can not be treated. Medications can help alleviate symptoms. We recommend heartworm prevention year round for dogs and cats. Unfortunately, studies have proven that any heartworm preventative is only given 5 out of 12 months of the year. There are many different heartworm preventatives that also offer rebates throughout the year. Please ask us for information. "An ounce worth of prevention is worth a pound of cure."
Karen Turner Knarr,DVM