March 2010 Issue

Feline Heartworm Infection: Serious

Preventive measures can protect your cat against this life-threatening condition, which peaks in hot, humid weather.

As springtime arrives throughout the U.S., the steamy days and nights of summer cannot be far behind. This means, of course, a proliferation of mosquitoes. For you, this is an annoyance. For your cat, these bothersome little creatures can pose a major health problem. Among all of the various disorders that can endanger a catís physical well-being and perhaps threaten its life, few are more insidious than feline heartworm disease, a potentially life-threatening condition that occurs when a parasitic worm called Dirofilaria immitis gets into an animalís system. And the only way in which this worm can enter your catís body is through a mosquito bite.

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