Veterinarians also now commonly recommend that cats be given heartworm preventive all year round. It has always been the case in warmer climates where mosquitoes are present all year long, but has become the norm throughout the country. Where mosquitoes are less active in the winter months, cat owners have gotten in the habit of only treating their cats for half the year. But because of unpredictable seasonal temperature changes, the American Heartworm Society is now recommending year-round prevention for animals in every state. This is a good practice to help you remember to always protect your cat from heartworms, no matter what the season.
Some heartworm preventives contain medications that also remove other parasites, such as fleas, mites, ticks, roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms. Depending on which heartworm medication you choose for your cat, he/she may also be protected year-round from these parasites. Ask your veterinarian for help in choosing the best possible heartworm preventive medication for your cat.
An unsegmented parasitic worm belonging to the Nematoda class
The term for an animal’s young
Any type of arachnid excluding ticks