Feline Heartworm Disease: The Silent Killer

Heartworms may be one of the most deadly parasites in cats. Heartworm infection is transmitted by mosquitoes and attacks the lungs and heart. Sadly, there is no approved treatment for adult heartworm infection. The only option is prevention. To learn more please visit www.knowheartworms.org or www.heartwormsociety.org.

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Fleas: Misery for Pets and People

Fleas are a nuisance for pet owners and a discomfort to pets. Once established in your home, they can be difficult to eradicate. Fleas can cause an allergic skin condition called Flea Allergy Dermatitis, and in extreme cases, life threatening anemia. Fleas can transmit tapeworms (an intestinal parasite).  Fleas can also transmit infection with bartonella disease known as “Cat Scratch Disease”. We would be happy to recommend a flea prevention program for your cat and/or a flea treatment program for your cat and your house.  Please use only flea products labeled for use in cats. Some dog flea products can be lethal when used on cats. For more information please visit: http://www.cat-health-guide.org/catfleas.html

Please use only flea products labeled for use in cats. Some dog flea products can be lethal when used on cats.

Ticks: Even Indoor Cats Can Be Vulnerable

Although cats that go outdoors are more likely to pick up ticks, indoor cats are at risk too. Ticks can come indoors on other animals, including other pets, and they can also be brought indoors on our clothing.  In Connecticut, the ticks are most active during spring and fall, and less plentiful during the hottest, driest part of the summer, though we can see them year-round. Depending on your cat’s exposure and risk, tick prevention may be needed only during these months or it may be needed year round.

When we protect our cats, we are also protecting family members and other pets.  Ticks easily move from cat to person and back. In addition to being a general nuisance and causing pain and irritation from the bite, ticks can transmit very serious diseases to your cat, your dog and your family.  The risk of the diseases varies depending on where you live and what kind of tick your cat encounters. Since many of you travel with your pets, it is important to be aware of diseases that can occur outside of your home area. There are at least 15 different infectious agents and diseases that can be transmitted or produced by ticks. We would be happy to discuss a tick prevention program for your cat.  Please do not use Canine tick products on your cat. Some of these products can be fatal when applied to cats.  To learn more please visit: www.aspca.org/pet-care/cat-care/ticks.aspx

Prevention Products We Regularly Prescribe For Our Patients:

Revolution is the first-ever FDA-approved, topically applied medication for cats. Revolution kills adult fleas and flea eggs. It also prevents heartworm disease and treats and controls ear mites, roundworms and hookworms.
* Available by prescription only

Advantage Multi® for Cats (imidacloprid + moxidectin) Topical Solution

Advantage Multi for Cats kills adult fleas, treats flea infestations. It controls hookworm, roundworm and whipworm and prevents heartworm disease. Advantage Multi for Cats can also be used for the treatment and control of ear mites.
*Available by prescription only

HEARTGARD® (Ivermectin) Chewables for Cats

HEARTGARD Chewables for Cats is a chewable tablet, which prevents heartworm disease and kills pinworms, intestinal threadworms and hookworm infestations in cats.
*Available by prescription only

EasySpot™

EasySpot eliminates flea and tick infestation, and prevents the development of new fleas. In killing ticks, it protects against Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.