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Re: Vet news

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? 


--- 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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