The use of preventive heartworm medicine in your cat is very important, since it effectively helps to keep heartworm disease at bay. When this disease spreads the end result is very uncomfortable for your cat and may result in death.
Heartworm disease is so-named because adult worms live in the right side of the heart. It is a more common heart disease in dogs. It has also been found to infect the cat, although rarely. In most cases cats are only accidental hosts.
The heartworm, Dirofilaria immitis is spread by the bite of a mosquito which harbors infective larvae in its saliva. The larvae burrow into the cat's tissues and undergo several changes of form which lead to the developments of small adult worms. The worms then make their way to a vein and move to the heart. This process takes about six months. Mature heartworms produce microfilariae which circulate in the blood stream and can be identified by a blood test.
Due to the small size of the cat's heart , one or two worms may be enough to cause serious heart trouble or even sudden death.
The signals that your cat might exhibit if he or she is infested by heartworms are:
. A cough made worse by exercise
. loss of weight and condition
. production of bloody sputum
Because treatment is complex and potentially dangerous, it should be undertaken only under veterinary supervision. Drugs are available to kill both the larval stages and adult worms. In theory the two best ways to prevent heartworm is to keep your cat from being bitten by a mosquito or treat your cat beforehand with a preventive heartworm medicine.
The Best Preventive Heartworm Medicine for your cat is Revolution
Revolution is a topical medication used on dogs, puppies, cats and kittens for the treatment and/or prevention of the following parasitic conditions:
. Heartworm preventive
. Intestinal wormer for cats
. Flea control and prevention product
. Treatment for ear mites
. Tick control product for dogs
. Treatment for sarcoptic mange in dogs
This once-a-month topical treatment (on-the-skin) is a revolutionary idea in parasite elimination. It is effective as a heartworm preventive, killing the immature form of the heartworm. It will also kill adult fleas and prevents flea eggs from hatching for one month. Additionally, it is used for the treatment and control of ear mites and sarcoptic mange. Revolution is also effective in controlling tick infestations due to the American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis).
As always, talk to your veterinarian to determine which heartworm medicine is the most appropriate for your cat.