VCA Promenade Animal Hospital
By American Heartworm Society
Published: June 01, 2006

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While the risk of infections in cats varies from one region of the country to another and even from one community to another, one fact remains:  heartworm disease is a threat to unprotected cats in every state except Alaska.  Unprotected dogs, foxes, coyotes, and wolves act as reservoirs, or sources, for the spread of this serious disease.  The relocation of pets, as with humanitarian efforts following natural disasters, can introduce heartworm disease to nonendemic parts of the country.

Unprotected pets traveling with owners to high incidence areas will be at risk. Even indoor cats are at risk of infection because mosquitoes are often found inside homes.  Since many factors can influence the spread of heartworm disease, the best approach is prevention. Various heartworm preventatives are available including monthly oral and topical formulations.  It is the responsibility of the pet owner to faithfully maintain the preventive program recommended by their veterinarian.  The best way to eliminate the risk of heartworm infection in your cat is to institute a year-round prevention program.


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Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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