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By VCA McClave
Published: April 07, 2014

We’ve all heard the saying, “April showers bring May flowers,” but this April, we want to shift the focus from afternoon showers to a much more threatening occurrence – feline heartworm disease. It has been diagnosed in all 50 states, putting cats all over the country at risk. Discussing heartworm prevention with your veterinarian at your annual preventive care examination is important, since mosquitos transmit this disease.
In honor of Heartworm Prevention Month, you should speak with your veterinarian to assess your individual cats health care plan and risk of heartworm disease. Below are the signs associated with heartworm disease:

• anorexia         • fainting
• blindness      • lethargy
• collapse         • rapid heart rate
• convulsions   • sudden death
• coughing        • vomiting
• diarrhea          • weight loss
• difficulty breathing

Additional Resources:

Feline Heartworm Disease and HARD
AAFP resource with stats and a list of symptoms associated with HARD.

KNOW Heartworms
KNOW Heartworms is an awareness campaign cosponsored by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and the American Heartworm Society and funded by an educational grant from Pfizer Animal Health. The campaign was created to raise awareness of feline heartworm disease and HARD. The website focuses on the "Five Myths and Misunderstandings" of feline heartworm disease.

The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC)
CAPC fosters animal and human health, while preserving the human-animal bond, through recommendations for the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control of parasitic infections.

The American Heartworm Society (AHS)
AHS has the most comprehensive and up-to-date information about heartworm disease, including guidelines for diagnosing, treating, and preventing heartworms in cats, a feline heartworm animation, a glossary of heartworm-related terms, and a "Just for Kids" page.

Mention this article at your next visit and receive a feline heartworm awareness education packet and 1 free application of heartworm preventative medication