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HEARTWORM DISEASE


**ALL CATS SHOULD BE TESTED AND ON A HEARTWORM PREVENTIVE**

Feline heartworm disease is transmitted by mosquito bites.  Once injected into the cat by the mosquito, immature heartworms migrate to the heart, enter the lungs' blood vessels, become adults, and produce babies (microfilaria) which circulate until they are picked up by a mosquito to infect another dog.  The adults that live in the heart and blood vessels of the lungs can survive for years, and cause severe damage and eventually leads to sudden death.

Since no treatment is available for feline heartworm disease, it is best to use a monthly prescription heartworm preventive, such Heartgard Plus.  Bi-annual heartworm testing is strongly recommended.  In this climate, heartworm protection is necessary every month throughout the cat's life.

Thankfully, testing for Heartworm is easy and only requires a small amount of blood.  Larkfield Veterinary Hospital offers the Feline Triple Heartworm test, which tests not only for heartworms but for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and Feline Leukemia (FeLV)  as well.  Call us today (707) 578-1228, to set-up testing for your feline friend.

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