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Lungworms are treatable with anti-parasitic (anthelminthic) medications such as:
These medications should eradicate the worms over time and will help clear the animal of the infection. In severe cases, where secondary infections and lung damage have occurred, other medications such as corticosteroids or antibiotics may be necessary to help the animal recover.
An infection with lungworms does not typically last long. The cat often eliminates the worms by coughing them up or excreting them through the feces. Then, as long as the prescribed medication is given and the cat does not develop a secondary lung disease such as pneumonia, the prognosis is good.
In severe cases, repeat X-rays or fecal examinations may be needed to follow up.
Cats should be kept indoors to prevent exposure to rodents, birds, or other animals which may carry the lungworm larvae.
The prediction of a disease’s outcome in advance
A type of slime that is made up of certain salts, cells, or leukocytes
Having a hard time breathing; breathing takes great pains
The use of a stethoscope (usually) in listening to the sounds of an animal's body.
A disease of the lungs that is created by the enlargement or change in the alveola and alveolar walls