Feline heartworm disease has been diagnosed in all 50 states.
The good news is that it can be prevented with a monthly, chewable tablet called Revolution.
Spread by Mosquitos
Cats become infected with heartworm disease after being bitten by a mosquito carrying the disease. Recently heartworm disease has spiked in New York due to the migration of rescued pets from southern states after catastrophes like hurricane Harvey and Irma. Approximately 5% of all cats test positive for exposure to heartworm disease.
Heartworms Can Permanently Harm Your Cat
Researchers began studying feline heartworm disease 20 years ago. Now we know that cats get heartworm disease almost as often as dogs, although heartworm tests in cats don’t always catch infection. Even 1 immature heartworm can permanently affect your cat’s health and ability to breathe by causing inflammatory reaction in the blood vessels and lungs.
Prevention is the Only Solution
Shockingly, 1 in 4 cases of heartworm occur in cats that live indoors, but there are no approved medications for treating feline heartworm disease. If your cat develops heartworm infection, we can only manage, not treat, your cat’s condition.
Revolution, A Monthly Chewable
Rockland veterinarians recommend treating your cat with a monthly chewable called Revolution. Revolution is a safe, tasty chewable that will prevent heartworm disease in cats as well as fleas and most intestinal parasites including tapeworms. If your cat goes outside, and especially if your cat is used to killing mice or other animals, Revolution is essential for keeping your cat and your household healthy.