Maher Animal Hospital
1031 South Tyler Street
Covington, Louisiana 70433
(985)892-0113


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Can cats get heartworms?

Cats can get heartworms. Some cats' immune systems will clear the heartworms themselves, with the owner never knowing that the cat was positive. Other cats will have severe respiratory issues abruptly. We believe in preventative heartworm medication for cats for 2 reasons: 1. Heartworms are hard to test for in cats. Cats only harbor 1-2 worms. Heatrworm tests look for a minimum of 2 gravid female worms in the cat. Therefore, many tests may come back as false negatives. 2. Heartworms are hard to treat in cats. We do not currently advise giving immiticide to kill adult heartworms in cats. Therefore, we advise heartworm prevention to avoid these problems.