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Re: Vet news


For fleas I use the one-time six-month shot which I find better than the
back of the head stuff. It would be great if they could incorporate
heartworm in that, but I doubt that's possible.


My oldest cat, Jack, vomits a lot, but not blood, just food. Still, when
I take him in on Friday for his annual shots I think I'll get him tested
for heartworm too. Besides, I'm getting really tired of cleaning up the
messes. The other 3 seem fine. It can get pretty expensive when you
start multiplying all these things times 5! Thnaks Pam, for your well
wishes for Micky.


--
Kitty
neIN, Zone 5

 -------------- Original message ----------------------
From: "Pam Evans" <gardenqueen@gmail.com>
> For heartworm, you can also use that Revolution (the once a month on the
> back of the head stuff).  It takes care of fleas, ticks, heartworm,
> intestinal worms, even ear mites.  So instead of having half a dozen things
> to give them, it's a once a month deal for everything.  Sugar does very well
> on it.  And since I started giving her the animal bits from Gardens Alive,
> it's got just enough garlic in it that the skeeters don't bother her as much
> any more.  I don't know if cats can get West Nile, but don't want her to be
> the first.   Poor Mick, he will be in my prayers too Kitty.  Heartworm used
> to be a Southern problem, apparently not anymore!
> 
> On 2/27/06, Kitty <kmrsy@comcast.net> wrote:
> >
> > Lynda and Donna,
> > Thanks for your thoughts for Micky. My vet said that now they have a
> > shot we can give them I think, instead of pills. He always has the
> > latest on things.
> >
> >
> > Re  > Since he is an indoor cat, gave  up. hum.
> > Check my other reply.  It seems indoor cats may be more susceptible.
> >
> > Re >Don't  understand why they can't do the same
> > >thing they do to dogs who get this?
> > The other reply also addresses this.  Cat physiology is different.
> >
> > My vet said that in 2004 (most recent data) information from 22 pet
> > hospitals in Indiana showed about 8,000 cases of heartworm in cats that
> > year. He said that extrapolates to 20-30,000 actual cases attributed to
> > clinics not included in the data and to non-reporting. Those are high
> > enough figures I think, to look into what might be available to protect
> > your pets.
> >
> >
> > Kitty
> >
> >
> >
> > --
> > Kitty
> > neIN, Zone 5
> > > Bummer. I don't give my cat any heartworm, tried it
> > > long ago, but he refused to eat it. Vet had chewable
> > > ones and swore he would eat it...yeah right. Way to
> > > big to shove down his throat, refused to eat the food
> > > I crumbled it into. Since he is an indoor cat, gave
> > > up. hum.
> > >
> > > I hope Mick will be OK after all of this. Don't
> > > understand why they can't do the same thing they do to
> > > dogs who get this?
> > >
> > > Donna
> > >
> > > --- Kitty <kmrsy@comcast.net> wrote:
> > >
> > > > I made an appointment with the vet for this Friday
> > > > because Mick has lost
> > > > weight and has thrown up what looked like blood a
> > > > few times. He very
> > > > accommodatingly urped on the linoleum yesterday
> > > > rather than the carpet
> > > > so I scooped it into a jar and ran it over to the
> > > > vet this morning
> > > > before work. He said "bring him in now."
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > He has heartworm in his intestinal tract. I
> > > > vaccinate these cats for
> > > > everything possible but thought heartworm was a
> > > > pretty slim chance.
> > > > Fortunately, I had misunderstood the vet in
> > > > believing heartworm is fatal
> > > > for cats. He says it's fatal if they treat it; the
> > > > treatment kills the
> > > > cat. Instead they have a different course available,
> > > > though it still
> > > > sounds like "treatment" to me. He'll get a shot of
> > > > corticasteroids each
> > > > month for several months and then every other month
> > > > until the worms die
> > > > off. And then he should be back to normal. So in
> > > > June they are all going
> > > > on a heartworm preventative.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > Here's a picture of my Mick:
> > > >
> > > > http://hort.net/+137n
> > > >
> > > > --
> > > > Kitty
> > > > neIN, Zone 5
> > > >
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> Kemp TX
> zone 8A
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