Feline health care can be a tricky matter. Cats have very sensitive systems and many times over-the-counter treatments for such things as flea and tick protection can harm a cat's delicate system. Here at the Nashville Cat Clinic, we know that, while the prevention of parasites can be a tricky matter, having to treat a cat that has become victim to diseases such as heartworm is even harder on your pet. Veterinarian parasite prevention is both effective and safer for your cat.
What Kind of Parasites are There
Worms are common in cats and come in a variety of kinds.
- Roundworms are the most common and can cause digestive issues
- Hookworms cause internal bleeding that leads to bloody diarrhea and possible death
- Tapeworms come from eating infected rodents. A heavy infestation will cause digestive issues.
- Lungworm and heartworm are the deadliest types. As they grow, they block off the passageways that allow air and blood to flow in the lungs and the heart.
Fleas and ticks often find a ride on your pet from outdoor areas. They tend to hitch a ride into your home on pets and clothing. Fleas can lead to worms, skin irritation and anemia. Ticks cause skin irritations and transfer some diseases.
When it comes to worms, you can give your cat a monthly treatment to prevent many of them. Other types are only treated if they are present. In order to determine if your cat has worms, your veterinarian will need to get a stool sample. It is especially important to prevent heartworm. Once a cat gets these parasites, the treatment is almost never successful. A monthly treatment can make sure your cat is safe from heartworm.
Flea and tick infestations can kill your cat if they are left untreated. The fleas can cause anemia, basically draining the nutrients from your pet's blood. Ticks can cause all manner of toxins to be transferred to your pet. One of the best ways to prevent infestations is to keep your cat as an indoor-only pet. Fleas and ticks can, however, find a way into your home on your dog or even on your clothing. Once a month treatment with a topical preventative can keep them safe.
Nashville Feline Veterinarian
The Nashville Cat Clinic is the place to keep your cat happy and healthy. We have you covered for everything from routine kitten care to emergencies. Contact us today and setup an initial appointment. You and your cat can meet our staff, become familiar with the cat clinic and get a beginning wellness check. We look forward to hearing from you.