Most of the pet owners have heard about Heartworms. But how many of the pet owners know how does heartworms look and how are they transmitted in pets?
Heartworms are large worms that survive in hearts of dogs and cats. Heartworms commonly known as Dirofilaria Immitis are long, spaghetti-like worms that may vary from 6 to 14 inches or 17 – 27 cm in length. The heartworms are transmitted only by mosquitoes and cannot be spread from animal to animal.
Heartworms are very dangerous and should be treated as soon as possible their existence is detected. The heartworm treatment of cats and dogs is completely different and you as a pet owner should be careful about this fact.
Unlike other ordinary health conditions, heartworms treatment is not easy. You should immediately take your pet cat to a nearest vet and based on its advice start the treatment for the same.
Heart is a very important and vital part of the body which can get damaged by the presence of these tiny creatures, so the best resistance against the Heartworms is Prevention. Have your little feline pal checked up by the vet regularly and ask your vet for advice on what steps should be taken to prevent your cat from attacks of the heartworms.
Once the existence of heartworms is detected in your pet cat proper care should be taken. Prescribed medicines should be given to your pet cat as a treatment against heartworms. With the specialized advice and help of your vet, you should be able to find an effect good solution and treatment for it.
You should also be active enough to ask your vet about the side effects of the prescribed medicines in your cat. One of the side effects of heartworms in cats is severe health problems. The dying worms may get stuck in the blood vessels of heart and their decomposition can lead to the serious health troubles. This side effect can even lead to your sweet kitty to be hospitalized for observation.
You should never neglect the Heartworms condition and leave it untreated. If you reside in a locality that has heartworm, then giving your pet chewable tablet, once a month, will protect it from the heartworms. You can take help of your veterinarian to discuss which method of heartworm preventive is best suited for your pet.