Technically, if you live in an area in which dogs have to take HW prev meds,
cats should be getting those too.

Do you have any details on this cocktail your vet put together?  There is no
treatment approved yet though I know there are various schools trying to
find something.  I would be interested in knowing about one that seems to
have worked...  

Christiane Biagi
Cell:  914-720-6888 
Volunteer-St. Bernard Parish Animal Shelter 

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Lewis Faye
Sent: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 9:03 AM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Feline Heartworm?

One of my cats got feline heartworm.  This was five years ago.  My cat is on
Revolution all year now.  The cat was ill for weeks. Heartworm is more
difficult and less successful to treat than in dogs. My vet called a bunch
of universities and got some kind of experimental cocktail that he had a
local pharmacist put together.   My cat pulled through.  He was ill nearly 3
months and then seriously underweight for a year (but still felt good) and
on the thin side for the next 4 years.  He eventually gained a normal amount
of weight.  Due to the heroic efforts of my vet and a good bit of money, he
pulled through.  

If you live in an area with lots of mosquitoes, you might want to seriously
think abou this.

--- On Thu, 4/9/09, Kerry MacKenzie <> wrote:

From: Kerry MacKenzie <>
Subject: [Felvtalk] Feline Heartworm?
Date: Thursday, April 9, 2009, 12:41 PM

Dear all,
Just received this from my vet's clinic. My first instinct is nooooo, but I
would welcome your thoughts on the necessity for "all-year-round
Kerry M.
Feline Heartworm Update:
Dear Pet Owner,
               April 2009
A new study from Auburn University has indicated that heartworm disease in
cats is a far bigger issue than previously thought.  Cats can get heartworm
infection through the simple bite of an infected mosquito.  Studies have
shown: Indoor cats are just as susceptible to infection when mosquitoes
enter our home.
Once bitten, immature heartworms are transmitted and the heartworm lifecycle
begins.  The larval worms then start their journey through the body,
ultimately affecting the heart, blood vessels and lungs.
A cat's body is designed to respond and kill foreign invaders, including
heartworm larvae before they develop into adults.  As the cat's body
responds, the intense inflammatory reaction causes severe damage to the lung
tissue. This disease state is clinically recognized as Heartworm Associated
Respiratory Disease or H.A.R.D.  Once this damage to the lung tissue occurs,
it is not reversible and there is no treatment to remove the adult
heartworms from a cat.
With this new information we are now recommending ALL CATS be put on
Revolution year round.  Revolution is a broad spectrum parasiticide that in
addition to preventing heartworm also prevents intestinal parasites, ear
mites and fleas.
Please contact us if you would like to discuss prevention for your cat.  
The Doctors and Staff at Roscoe Village Animal Hospital  

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