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Today’s research shows that some respiratory illnesses in cats, previously believed to be feline asthma or bronchitis may actually be Heartworm Associated Respiratory Disease (HARD).

Heartworm larvae (immature worms) — spread through the bite of a mosquito — migrate to the cat’s lungs where they produce inflammation, leading to breathing difficulties.

Interestingly, dying larvae can also cause inflammation. A few larvae may grow to adulthood, but the death of adult heartworms can produce an inflammatory response so severe that it can cause sudden death in a cat.

KnowHeartworms.org has identified 13 signs that may indicate the presence of heartworms in a cat:

  • anorexia
  • blindness
  • collapse
  • convulsions
  • coughing
  • diarrhea
  • difficulty breathing
  • fainting
  • lethargy
  • rapid heart rate
  • sudden death
  • vomiting
  • weight loss

Other health problems (including kidney disease, Feline Leukemia, hyperthyroidism, and diabetes, among others) may cause some of the same symptoms listed above.

Adding to the confusion is the fact that heartworm disease is difficult to diagnose in cats — as compared to dogs, in which a simple blood test can detect the presence of worms.

And as previously mentioned, heartworm disease in cats is not curable.

However, heartworm disease and HARD are preventable, through the use of products like Revolution. The best time to start your cat on Revolution is before it develops symptoms of HARD

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Revolution is designed to be safe for use in cats that may already be infected with heartworms, and it can prevent further infections. Revolution also protects cats from fleas, roundworms, hookworms, and ear mites.

If your cat is currently on a flea-only treatment, it is easy to switch to Revolution – just ask!

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Originally posted on April 18, 2013.

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New research shows that some respiratory illnesses in cats, previously believed to be feline asthma or bronchitis may actually be Heartworm Associated Respiratory Disease (HARD).

Heartworm larvae (immature worms) — spread through the bite of a mosquito — migrate to the cat’s lungs where they produce inflammation, leading to breathing difficulties.

Interestingly, dying larvae can also cause inflammation. A few larvae may grow to adulthood, but the death of adult heartworms can produce an inflammatory response so severe that it can cause sudden death in a cat.

KnowHeartworms.org has identified 13 signs that may indicate the presence of heartworms in a cat:

  • anorexia
  • blindness
  • collapse
  • convulsions
  • coughing
  • diarrhea
  • difficulty breathing
  • fainting
  • lethargy
  • rapid heart rate
  • sudden death
  • vomiting
  • weight loss

Other health problems (including kidney disease, Feline Leukemia, hyperthyroidism, and diabetes, among others) may cause some of the same symptoms listed above.

Adding to the confusion is the fact that heartworm disease is difficult to diagnose in cats — as compared to dogs, in which a simple blood test can detect the presence of worms.

And as previously mentioned, heartworm disease in cats is not curable.

However, heartworm disease and HARD are preventable, through the use of products like Revolution. The best time to start your cat on Revolution is before it develops symptoms of HARD

Healthy Dose of Savings 004

Revolution is designed to be safe for use in cats that may already be infected with heartworms, and it can prevent further infections. Revolution also protects cats from fleas, roundworms, hookworms, and ear mites.

If your cat is currently on a flea-only treatment, it is easy to switch to Revolution – just ask!

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     The staff at Animal Allergy and Dermatology sent along the following letter regarding pollens and allergies.   This website discusses the reasons behind the ranking.

     Virginia is #1:  Congratulations!

     This is a rather dubious distinction.  Richmond has been named the top asthma city for two years in a row!  Virginia Beach was not far behind at number 8.  Many other cities in the Mid Atlantic / Southern USA made the list as well.  We are “blessed” with a temperate climate but it is conducive to high pollen counts for many months out of the year.

     Intuitively, one would think that cities in Florida would have higher pollen counts.  Many of those pollens, however, are so large that they are insect borne rather than windborne.  Their larger size means that they are less likely to be suspended in the air or pass through a body’s barriers and interact with the immune system. 

     After tree pollen season, grass pollens will begin to peak and continue through the late summer when weeds become problematic.  Their pollen will persist until a hard freeze.

     As always, mold is an issue but their spores can be particularly problematic after periods of rain and as the leaves fall from the trees in autumn into the winter until we have snow cover.  Like humans with allergies, medical therapy is often beneficial.  Allergen specific immunotherapy (ASIT), however, has been shown to be the only modality that can result in a permanent change for the better in the course of the disease.  Studies in humans and our experience in animals has shown that early intervention is associated with a higher success rate.

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Remember, many of the allergens that affect humans will affect our pets, also.  Allergies can actually worsen in the autumn, as mentioned above.  Pets often exhibit dermatitis, although some will have sinusitis or even asthma-like symptoms.  To lessen exposure, wipe your pet’s coat with a damp cloth after it’s been outdoors, to remove pollen spores.  ~~  Jen

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