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Cat Heartworm Prevention

“Who’s At Fault When Your Cat Develops Heartworm Disease? Heartworm Prevention Is A Cheap And Reliable Life Insurance Policy For Your Feline”

Cats do not require a heartworm test to be started on prevention.

Combination Heartworm and Flea Prevention

Advantage Multi

Indications:  Topical solution used for the prevention of heartworm disease and to kill adult fleas on dogs and cats. For cats it is also used for the treatment and control of ear mites, hookworms, and roundworms.

Dosage for cats 9 weeks and older:

  • 5.1 – 9 lbs. (Orange)
  • 9.1 – 18 lbs. (Purple)

Administration:  Topical solution applied directly to the skin every 30 days. For cats it should be applied in one single spot at the base of the skull.

Heartworms in Cats

Heartworm disease, or Dirofilariasis, is a condition that can affect both cats and dogs, but in different ways. This condition is caused by a parasitic nematode ‘Dirofilaria immitis’. This worm is generally referred to as the heartworm and gives the disease its name.

You can easily see the symptoms of this disease in your cat. They will typically cough, vomit, and have labored, raspy breathing. If you notice these signs, it’s best to take your furry feline to a vet.

While there is no specific test to positively identify cat heartworm disease, there are multiple tests that can help with the diagnosis, including an ECG. Getting an ECG can determine whether your cat has other heart conditions as well.

Heartworms pose a serious health risk for cats and may cause respiratory diseases and death. Although, outdoor cats are much more likely to be infected by heartworms than indoor ones, your cat is at risk anywhere a mosquito can live.

The heartworms that typically infect cats have much shorter lifespans than the ones that infect dogs, so your cat may actually outlive its heartworms without getting treatment. Unfortunately, this is a very small percentage of cats; therefore, it is advisable that your cat be given a heartworm prevention to provide the best protection possible against heartworms.

Combination Heartworm and Flea Prevention

Most heartworm preventative medications come combined with other preventative effects. Typically, the most basic products will cover both heartworms and fleas. This makes everyone’s lives easier, especially your cat’s.

There are a wide variety of products out there under different brands that can help to keep your cat healthy and heartworm-free. Here are some examples:

Advantage Multi

Advantage Multi is a combination of both imidacloprid and moxidectin. It can be applied topically, which makes it much easier for you to give it to your cat. This preventative should be used on a monthly basis and will provide your cat protection against a wide range of harmful parasites, such as ear mites, roundworms and hookworms.

What’s great about Advantage Multi is that comes as a topical solution, so you don’t have to force a pill down your cat. It kills fleas on contact, so the fleas die even before they can get a chance to chomp on your cat. Thus, your cats can be flea-free without any pain or irritation from flea bites.

Heartworms can be a deadly nuisance and cause unnecessary pain and potentially death for your cat. Fortunately, this disease can be prevented by placing your cat on a heartworm prevention such as Advantage Multi.

If you do experience any issues or problems with your cat, please call our office at 972-772-7777 to set an appointment, or go online and book your own appointment with us.