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Cats Get Heartworms Too

Lately we have been diagnosing an increased number of cats with heartworms which are spread by mosquitoes. Surprizingly many of these cats are indoor only cats and have been for their entire lives.  Cats, unlike dogs, cannot be treated to remove the heartworms. Their presenting signs are frequently vomiting, coughing, decreasing energy levels and, often, sudden death. The good news is that heartworms are nearly 100% preventable in dogs AND cats. The next time you bring your cats in, let's sit down and go over the different options for heartworm prevention. Below is a link to the American Heartworm Society for more information.

How to control and prevent fleas on your cat

When a flea bites your cat, it injects a small amount of saliva into the skin to prevent blood coagulation. Some animals may have fleas without showing discomfort, but an unfortunate number of cats become sensitized to this saliva. In highly allergic animals, the bite of a single flea can cause severe itching and scratching. Fleas cause the most common skin disease of cats – flea allergy dermatitis.

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