July 2009 Issue

Five Myths About Heartworm

Knowing the facts will help you protect your cat from this deadly and misunderstood disease.

One mosquito bite can infect a cat with heartworm, a potentially destructive and insidious disease, which reveals itself as H.A.R.D. (Heartworm Associated Respiratory Disease). The American Heartworm Society (AHS) and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) have teamed up to get this urgent message out to cat owners through the KNOW Heartworms campaign (www.knowheartworms.org). Experts now feel that heartworm prevention in cats is extremely important because the dangers of heartworm disease are much more significant that previously believed. Here are five common myths about heartworm disease that can put your pet at serious risk.

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