There is currently no approved adulticide therapy (a treatment that kills the presence of adult heartworms in the body) for cats. Therefore, a surgical procedure to extract the adult worms may be the best option. However, because heartworms in cats have a much shorter lifespan than those that infest dogs, a spontaneous cure is more likely to occur, so that no such treatment is necessary. Various medications may be used in order to help treat symptoms as well.
After treatment, your veterinarian will schedule your cat for follow-up exams in order to test for progress, as well as to attend to any side effects of treatment.
Heartworms are a preventable disease, and there are a number of medicinal preventatives that are highly effective and commonly used. Your veterinarian can determine which medicine is best for your cat.
To attack something or take it over, as in the way ticks can infest a dog
Prevention of something
Pertaining to the lungs
A tool that is used to create a record of the electrical activity in the myocardium
Having a hard time breathing; breathing takes great pains
Any substance or item that the body of an animal would regard as strange or unwanted; a foreign disease or virus in the body (toxin, etc.)
A large blood vessel that transports blood out of the heart.
A protein in the body that is designed to fight disease; antibodies are brought on by the presence of certain antigens in the system.